Prince Harry accuses royal family of ‘total neglect’ in new documentary
The Duke of Sussex has accused the royal family of “total neglect” in his mental health documentary series with Oprah Winfrey.
During the first three episodes of Apple TV’s The Me You Can’t See, Harry addressed traumatic memories from his childhood with Oprah, including the death of his mother and the harassment from the media that he and Meghan Markle had to endure, which eventually led them to leave the royal family.
“Every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, to stop just got met with total silence or total neglect,” he told Winfrey, referring to his attempts to get assistance from his family when the attacks online aimed at him and his wife reached their peak.
“We spent four 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,” he said, adding that his family told him to “play the game” and life would improve.
But he said he would “never be bullied into silence” now, or in the future. “The only way to free yourself and break out is to tell the truth,” he continued.
“That was one of the biggest reasons to leave, feeling trapped and feeling controlled through fear, both by the media and by the system itself which never encouraged the talking about this kind of trauma.”
He also spoke of his now fractured relationship with his father, Prince Charles, who he says offered neither him nor Prince William the support they should have received.
“My father used to say to me when I was younger, to both William and I, ‘Well it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you.’”
“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.
“Certainly now I will never be bullied into silence.”