Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey that his family refused to help resolve the media and social media abuse against his wife Meghan Markle.
“I thought my family would help, but every inquiry, request, warning, no matter what it was, was completely silent or completely ignored,” the Duke of Sussex said in an interview with the Apple TV documentary series You can’t see me, Released on the streaming platform on Friday.
“This is one of the biggest reasons to leave,” he said, referring to the couple’s Decided to quit royal life“Feeling trapped, feeling controlled by fear, whether by the media or by [royal] The system itself never encourages talking about this kind of trauma. But now it is certain that I will never be bullied to silence. “
He said that after the Duchess of Sussex told him, he felt the need to keep his family away from royal life She felt suicidal when she was 6 months pregnant With their son Archie, he knew he “will not follow [his] Family” the kind of help he and Megan need.
“Then I had a son and I would rather just focus on him instead of wondering if my wife will end like my mother every time I look in his eyes, and I will have to take care of him by myself,” He says.
On the second day of Harry and his brother Prince William, the interview began to play Attack the media culture, especially the BBC, Because they hunted down and plundered what William called “fear, bigotry and isolation”, which led to the death of their mother.
Harry told Oprah that he could see, watching Meghan being treated by the media, he went back to the feeling of watching his mother being chased by the paparazzi as a child, “until the day she died.”
He also said that the emergence of social media platforms has added “a whole new depth” to the constant media abuse, as is the fact that Meghan is a hybrid.
“My mother was hunted down while having a relationship with a non-white person [Dodi Al-Fayed]. Now look what happened. Do you want to talk about history repeating itself? They will not stop before she dies,” he said. “The possibility of losing another woman in my life is an incredible trigger. Like, this list is growing. It all comes down to the same people, the same business model, and the same industry. “
Harry has Strong tone In the past, the British media-especially the media that make up the official news system of the royal family, including tabloids, were called “Royal Carousel”-about what he called prejudice, unfair and racist reports. Especially MeganBoth he and his wife also took legal action against tabloids that violated privacy. (Harry’s litigation Against the owners of the British tabloids “The Sun”, “Mirror” and the now-defunct “News of the World”, allegations of telephone wiretapping are still ongoing; Megan is effective won she was litigation The publishers who opposed the Sunday Mail and the Daily Mail printed a letter she sent to her estranged father. )
After retiring from royal life, Harry and Meghan’s press team immediately Effective cut off The four tabloids in Royal Rota—The Sun, The Mirror, The Post, and The Express—basically established a “non-verification and zero participation” policy. In a statement announcing this decision, Harry and Meghan announced on April 19, 2020 that they would not “use themselves as a clickbait and economic distortion currency.”
The prince told Winfrey that the start of treatment after seeing Megan made him realize that he “has been living in the bubble of this family and this institution, and I have almost fallen into a thought process or mentality.”
“The feeling of being trapped in the family is—no choice to leave. In the end, when I made this decision for my family, I was still told,’You can’t do this,’ like,’Okay. , How bad will it be before I am allowed to do this? She is going to end her life. It shouldn’t be that way,” he said.
Harry also specifically called on his father, Prince Charles, to convince him and his brother that the constant media abuse and the damage it caused to a person’s mental health were only part of being a member of the royal family.
“When I was young, my father used to say to me, he used to say to William and me,’Well, it’s true for me, it’s true for you,'” Harry said. “That wouldn’t be unreasonable! Just because you suffer does not mean that your child has to suffer. In fact, it is quite the opposite. If you suffer, do your best to make sure that no matter what you have…negative experiences, you do. Let your child adapt.”
“We chose to put our mental health first. This is what we are doing, and this is what we will continue to do,” Harry said. “Isn’t this to break the cycle? Isn’t this to ensure that history will not repeat the same mistakes? Did you not pass on the pain and suffering that happened to you?”
Co-produced by The Prince and Winfrey You can’t see me And has been working on this since 2019.