Prince Harry’s account of ‘unnatural’ Royal Family ‘alarming’ claims expert

Prince Harry’s account of his struggles in the Royal Family and his need for therapy while appearing fine on the outside is an alarming insight, a royal expert has said.

The Duke of Sussex opened up again on the pressures he faced as a royal and his mental health problems in the new series – "The Me You Can’t See".

He talked in the five episodes that he co-produced with Oprah Winfrey of his difficulties and how his calls for help within the Royal Family went unanswered.

Royal commentator Omid Scobie told his podcast, the Heirpod, that it is particularly telling that when he seemed fine on the outside he was really far from it.

"Harry went into details when in his late 20s starting to question really his role in the Royal Family and really his inability to hide from his demons," he said.

"He talks about drinking, taking drugs to numb the pain following the death of his mother and something he touched on in the past but not gone into such visceral detail were the panic attacks and the severe anxiety that followed him during a very important time in his life as a working royal.”

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Harry showed he was a "professional" at putting on a smiling face for the public, said Scobie.

"He says from 28 to 32 he calls it a nightmare time in his life and as I say drinking, taking drugs, willing to do the things that he could to make him feel less like he was feeling," he said.

"For many, this was also the time where for us watching for many this was the time that Harry was at his best as a royal member […] even as a favourite in the Royal Family for many.

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"I think hearing these stories and the details that go on behind the scenes behind palace walls gives us a really alarming incite into just how difficult it is to navigate that landscape of surviving in a very unnatural environment that is of course being a member of the Royal Family.

"But also that incredible ability that many of us have, and clearly Harry was professional at, which was putting on a fantastic front."

Harry also said that he knows his mum Diana would be proud of him and wished she could have known Meghan and his son Archie.

"I wish she could have met Meghan, I wish she was around for Archie. I have no doubt that my mum would be incredibly proud of me, I’m living the life that she wanted to live for herself, living the life she wanted us to be able to live," he said.

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