Prince Harry Admits He Turned to Drugs and Alcohol | 22 Words

Prince Harry has admitted in a new Apple TV+ Interview to using drugs and alcohol during his late twenties in order to deal with the pain and suffering he still felt from losing his mother, Diana.

In a new five-part series with Oprah Winfrey, Harry opens up.

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His comments were explosive, to say the least!

Now, since marrying former actress, Meghan Markle, in 2018, Prince Harry has been thrown into the spotlight in ways he never imagined...

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Along with Meghan, of course.

The pair have since formally stepped down from their positions within the royal family...

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And they are currently residing in Los Angeles where they're raising their son, Archie, and expecting their second child.

But they recently decided to speak out about their terrible experiences with the royal family and British press in the last few years...

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To none other than Oprah Winfrey.

It was an interview to remember...

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Their 2-hour-long interview aired on CBS on Sunday, March 7th and viewers watched on in shock as some mind-blowing allegations were made against the monarchy.

For example...

It was claimed that senior members of the family had refused to get Meghan professional help when she was experiencing suicidal thoughts during her pregnancy with Archie.

Meghan also addressed that incident with her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

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Headlines were made in 2018 when Meghan allegedly "made Kate cry" in a row about bridesmaids' dresses in the days before her and Harry's wedding - well, in her chat with Oprah, Meghan claimed that Kate was the one to make her cry.

Though she did stress that Kate had apologized and that she had "forgiven her."

She also addressed the ongoing issues of racism within the monarchy.

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Meghan claimed an unnamed senior member of the Royal family raised "concerns" about how dark Archie's skin would be before his birth.

"In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we have in tandem the conversation of, 'you won't be given security, not gonna be given a title' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

Harry then explained that he "had to get out," though when he did he was "cut off financially" when he and Meghan needed help the most...

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He also added that they've since been relying on his inheritance from Princess Diana.

"I was totally cut off financially. My family cut me off – if I didn't have what my mom left me, we wouldn't have been able to do this."

"All I wanted to do was keep my family safe."

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Meghan then insisted that they never had any plans at first to quit the U.K - she said the intention was to "do this forever" and that she told the royal family to "use me as much as you like."

Later in the interview, Oprah asked how the prince thinks the late Princess Diana would have felt about the rifts that drove them to step back from the royal family.

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"I think she would feel very angry with how this has panned out, and very sad," Harry said, "But ultimately, all she'd ever want is for us to be happy."

It's undoubtedly caused a lot of drama...

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And the couple have been the talk of the entire world.

But now, over 2 months on from the interview, Prince Harry appeared on a podcast dedicated to mental health...

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And he revealed some serious home truths.

Talking on Dax Shepherd's Armchair Expert podcast, Harry promoted his upcoming Apple TV+ series with Oprah Winfrey, The Me You Can't See...

And, of course, he discussed his explosive Oprah interview and more reasons behind him uprooting his life in the U.K.

"I don't think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I've experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I'm going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don't pass it on, basically," he explained, as per the Daily Mail.

He added:

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"It's a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say 'you know what, that happened to me, I'm going to make sure that doesn't happen to you'."

The Duke described how he started therapy after Meghan "saw he was angry"...

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And when asked if he felt "in a cage" while in royal duties, he said:

"It's the job right? Grin and bear it. Get on with it. I was in my early twenties and I was thinking I don't want this job, I don't want to be here. I don't want to be doing this. Look what it did to my mum, how am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and family when I know it's going to happen again."

Harry then called royal life "a mixture between The Truman Show and being in a zoo"...

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And stepping down from royal duties was simply a matter of "putting mental health first."

Now in a new five-part series, he sits back down with Oprah to discuss his life growing up and dealing with the death of his mother.

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Prince Harry says his "life was a nightmare" and accused the royal family of 'total neglect' as he opened up to Oprah Winfrey about his mental health struggles.

The Duke of Sussex was talking to the American presenter on the Apple documentary The Me You Can't See.

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"Towards my late 20s I was starting to ask questions of 'Should I really be here?'. And that was when I suddenly started going: 'You can't keep hiding from this,'" Harry explained to the presenter in the opening episode.

He said the ages between 28-32 were a nightmare part of his life.

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The 36-year-old opened up about his treatment from his family, and that he was told to 'just play the game and your life will be easier'.

Prince Harry confessed to Oprah that he was "willing to do things that made me feel less like I was feeling".

He candidly admitted that he was "willing to take drugs" while struggling to process the death of Princess Diana. Confessing that he was trying to 'mask' something.

Prince Harry describes his mother in the highest regard.

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He branded his mother "an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service", describing her as "resilient, brave, and unquestionably honest".

​The public reacted to the news of Harry's new documentary in different ways.

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In a new inquiry against the BBC, Harry and his brother Prince William, voiced their anger against BBC journalist Martin Bashir.

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In the famous 1995 interview, Diana admitted to an affair and claimed "there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded".

The famous Diana interview was watched by 20 million viewers.

The inquiry is looking into BBC Journalist Martin Bashir using deceit to get Diana to reveal more in the bombshell 1995 panorama interview.

Harry is also seen in the series undergoing a form of therapy known as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.

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He says he was encouraged to do it by his wife Meghan and that he needed to resolve anxiety and anger stemming from his frustration at the media and the death of his mother when he was 12.

"Unfortunately when I think about my mom, the first thing that comes to mind is always the same one over and over again," he emotionally admitted.

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"Strapped in the car, seat belt across with my brother in the car as well and mother driving and being chased by three, four, five mopeds with paparazzi on.

"She was always unable to drive because of the tears. There was no protection."

His 10 year's service were some of the best of his life.

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He said: "I had to do all the same training as everybody else. I started from the bottom like everybody else.

"There was no special treatment because of who I was. That was where I felt my most normal, and actually within my younger years the most comfortable I felt was out in Afghanistan, away from the media."

The five part series aims to inspire viewers to have honest conversations about their mental health and the challenges that people face. It features celebrities like Lady Gaga, Glenn Close and Prince Harry as a producer.

The documentary is now on Apple TV+ with the first instalment airing on May 21st.