Prince Harry Says He Was 'Afraid' to Return to England | 22 Words

Over a month since Prince Philip's funeral, it has emerged that Prince Harry was struggling mentally to prepare himself for the journey back to England.

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Now, it's been an undeniably difficult few months for the royal family.


In the hours after Prince Philip passed away, the future King of England, Prince Charles, spoke of the loss.

Speaking from his Highgrove home, Prince Charles said of his late father:

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"My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him, and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that."

"As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously."

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"He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow."

Following in his father's footsteps, Prince William penned a touching letter to his late grandfather.

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Sharing it on Instagram alongside a picture of Prince Philip and great-grandson, Prince George, William wrote:

"My grandfather's century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family."

"I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days. I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her."


"I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!"

"My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead," he continued.

"I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job."

From his Santa Barbara home, Prince Harry quickly followed suit, issuing a personal statement on the Archewell Foundation website.

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In the statement, titled "In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh," Harry wrote:

"My grandfather was a man of service, honor, and great humor. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm β€” and also because you never knew what he might say next."

"He will be remembered as the longest-reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end."

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"He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, 'Oh do get on with it!'"

"So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always rememberedβ€”by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts."

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"'Per Mare, Per Terram'"

Of course, many questions were raised in regards to Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle's attendance at Prince Philip's funeral.

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As the couple now reside in California, many wondered whether the they would be able to attend the ceremony.

Well, Harry immediately flew back to the UK.


He reportedly touched down at Heathrow airport before being rushed to Kensington Palace, where he was required to quarantine.

Meghan didn't join her husband, however, after doctors advised against her making a transatlantic flight.


She is currently in her third trimester of pregnancy with their second child.

But, regardless of her absence, the funeral went ahead as planned on Saturday, April 17th.


The funeral was a televised event and carried out in line with current UK COVID-19 restrictions.

For Harry, returning to London meant once again facing the cameras and suffocation he felt growing up.


And it's clear the anxiety was a real struggle.

"I was worried about it, I was afraid," Harry told The Associated Press during a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey...


To promote their mental-health series for Apple TV+.

He was able to work through his feelings and trepidation of returning home by using skills learned in therapy.


"It definitely made it a lot easier, but the heart still pounds," said Harry.

In The Me You Can't See, Harry reveals that he first saw a therapist 4 years ago after Meghan suggested he see one.


It was an argument between the pair that made Meghan realize he needed help.

The series is another chapter in the openness that Harry has brought to his life.

Both Harry and older brother William have always shared their feelings on the importance of mental health.

Their work led to interactions with people across the globe...

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"Sharing your story in order to be able to save a life or help others is absolutely critical," said Harry.

Harry is sharing his own struggles with trauma and grief in the new documentary...

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He describes in The Me You Can't See, feeling helpless as a young boy being surrounded by paparazzi, and the effect on his mother, Diana.

Winfrey was already developing a series on mental health when she asked Harry to join.

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"We were having a conversation and I asked him, 'What are the two most important issues you think facing the world today?' And he said immediately, 'climate change and mental health.'" She mentioned the project and Winfrey recalls him later saying, "Oh, by the way, if you ever need any help with that… give me a call. And I went and turned around and said, 'What's your number?'"

You can check out a clip of the new series below...

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