A new mental health series co-produced by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry has recently dropped on Apple TV+.
Over the five episodes of The Me You Can’t See famous faces such as Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, NBA star DeMar Rozan, boxer Virbinia Fuchs as well as Harry and Oprah talk candidly about schizophrenia, OCD, depression and addiction alongside people suffering from who have suffered with mental illness.
Prince Harry said it was a “very easy decision” to share his own experience.
"It wouldn't have been fair of us to ask people to put themselves out there, to be vulnerable, to share their story, if we weren't willing to do the same," Harry said.
In one episode we see The Duke of Sussex undergo EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy to control his anxiety which built up after the press was blamed for the death of his mother Princess Diana in 1997, when he was just 12.
He reveals his father, Prince Charles, told him he needed to come to terms with the media attention which comes with being part of the Royal Family.
Harry says: "That doesn't make sense.
"Just because you suffered, it 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 any negative experiences you had, you can make it right for your kids.”
He draws parallels with his wife, Meghan, confession that she contemplated suicide after the press attention she received when in the Royal Family to the death of his mother when she was chased by the paparazzi which resulted in the fatal car crash in Paris.
Harry says he suffered panic attacks in his twenties, a time when he started to drink heavily, adding that he still freaks out when he sees a camera.
"I was so angry with what happened to her (Diana) and the fact there was no justice at all… the same people that chased her through that tunnel photographed her dying on the back seat of that car," he said.
"The clicking of cameras, and the flash of cameras makes my blood boil. It makes me angry. It takes me back to what happened to my mum, what I experienced as a kid."
Harry went on to say he started therapy five years ago when he met Meghan.
"I quickly established that if this relationship was going to work, I had to deal with my past," he said.
The Me You Can’t See is available now on Apple TV+.
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