In a new documentary, Prince Harry has revealed some intimate details outlining how he felt after his mother died while comparing this experience to watching his wife Meghan in pain...
As a child, having to go through any sort of loss is traumatizing, but losing your mother to an accident could have easily been avoided...
That's a whole other playing field.
Now, Diana's introduction into the royal family was somewhat of a whirlwind.
After meeting only a handful of times, Prince Charles proposed to a young Diana Spencer, who was a whole twelve years his junior.
The pair announced their engagement in February 1981...
But, during the broadcast, many remember Charles being oddly reluctant to say he was in love with Diana.
However, regardless of the tension between the pair, they married on 29th July 1981.
via: GettyThe lavish ceremony was held at St. Paul's Cathedral and was watched by over 750 million people around the world.
Soon after, they welcomed a baby into the world.
via: GettyThe couple announced their pregnancy just four months after tying the knot, and, on June 21st of 1982, they welcomed Prince William into the world.
And not long after that, Diana fell pregnant again...
Prince Harry was born on 15th September 1984.
Diana threw herself into motherhood.
via: GettyShe had strong ideas about how she wanted her children to be raised, often giving them more freedom than traditional royal heirs.
She was also known for her extensive charity work.
via: GettyUnlike the other members of the royal family, Diana was determined to use her platform to better the world and dedicated her life to many noble causes, including the land mine crisis.
She made world news when she shook hands with an AIDS sufferer.
via: GettyUnlike the typical royal wife, Diana was dead set on doing work for herself and for the betterment of the world, earning her the nickname "The People's Princess."
This independence was likely a factor in the breakdown of her marriage with Charles.
On top of Diana's refusal to sacrifice her identity for the sake of her title, Charles was also in a long-standing affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, even wearing cufflinks she bought him on his honeymoon with Diana.
And the dynamic between Diana and the rest of the royal family was certainly no easier.
Rumors about Queen Elizabeth's distaste for Diana had been rife for years, with sources claiming that she was even "jealous" of the attention Diana drew from the rest of the family.
Allegedly, the Queen wasn't her biggest fan...
via: ShutterstockAnd she apparently made no effort to make Diana feel welcome in the family. Andrew Morton, who collaborated with the Princess on the 1992 Diana: Her True Story wrote that “behind the public smiles and the glamorous image was a lonely and unhappy young woman" and that she was seen “as an outsider by the Queen."
So, many weren't surprised when the couple officially separated in 1992.
via: GettyTheir divorce was finalized in 1996, though Diana continued with her public appearances and charity work right up until her tragic death in 1997.
But now, over twenty years later...
More unsavory details surrounding the treatment of Diana have come out via someone who watched it happen first hand.
In his new documentary, The Me You Can't See with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry made some revelations about the way the palace handed his mother's death.
He also compared those experiences with the ones he and his wife, Meghan faced during their time between the palace walls.
He revealed how he turned to alcohol and dr*gs to try and help him with the pain.
He claimed that his family did not speak to him or each other about the loss and just expected him to deal with the constant press attention.
"My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, 'Well it was like that for me so it's going to be like that for you'", Harry said.
"That doesn't make sense. Just because you suffered doesn't mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite – if you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, that you can make it right for your kids."
He said he went into "fight or flight mode" and told how he was "all over the place mentally."
"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'".
"Family members have said 'Just play the game and your life will be easier.' But I've got a hell of a lot of my mom in me."
He finished off with a strong line: "The only way to free yourself and break out is to tell the truth."
But even after his mother's death, he had to deal with the way his wife was treated by the press and his own family, so the suffering did not end there.
He also addressed this in the documentary series, saying that he felt completely helpless.
"I felt completely helpless. I thought my family would help – but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence or total neglect," he said. "We spent 4 years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job."
We're just glad that the pair are living a happy and more comfortable life in the United States.
Watch the documentary trailer above.
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