Prince Harry Discloses ‘Nightmare’ Drug and Alcohol Use After Diana’s Death.
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To further reveal about his personal life on his new Apple TV mental health series with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry reveals that he turned to drugs and alcohol as a means to cope with his mother’s death. In the May 21 episode of The Me You Can’t See series, Harry said he adopted this lifestyle in his adult years. He added that he wasn’t sure about a way of dealing with the trauma of Diana’s death that caused him to turn to this unhealthy lifestyle. “28 to probably 32 was a nightmare time in my life,” he said. “I would probably drink a week’s worth in one day on a Friday or a Saturday night. I would find myself drinking not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something.” He continued, emotionally: “I was willing to drink. I was willing to take drugs. I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling.”

Harry didn’t appreciate the way his father Prince Charles, parented him. Harry said that he would ignore Harry’s mental health problems and pleas for aid in his teenage years. “My father used to say to me when I was younger, ‘Well, it was like that for me, so it’s going to be like that for you,’” Harry recollected. “That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered, that 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 that you had you can make it right for your kids. Isn’t this all about breaking the cycle? Isn’t this all about making sure that history doesn’t repeat itself?” Harry added. Then after, Harry along with his wife Meghan Markle stepped down from the royal family in January 2020 and moved to the USA. He said that he was feeling “trapped and controlled” by the media as well as by his own family. “But certainly now I will never be bullied into silence,” he concluded.

 

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