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Prince Harry reveals that he used drinks and medicines to take care of the trauma of Princess Diana’s demise

Prince Harry has said the trauma of his mother’s death resulted in him using alcohol and drugs to “mask” his feelings and “feel less the way I felt”.

Harry was only 12 years old when Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car accident in August 1997 while being followed by the press in Paris.

In the first three episodes of Apple TV’s The Me You Can’t See, the Duke of Sussex addressed traumatic memories from his childhood, including the moment he was photographed with his brother, father, uncle and grandfather who attended her funeral went behind Diana’s coffin.

“For me, what I remember most was the sound of horses’ hooves going through the mall,” said the 36-year-old to his series co-host, Oprah Winfrey.

“It was like I was outside of my body and just doing what was expected of me. (I) showed a tenth of the emotions everyone else showed: This was my mom – you’ve never met her. “

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The series focuses on mental health, with Harry telling Winfrey that the trauma of loss left him suffering from anxiety and severe panic attacks between the ages of 28 and 32.

“I was mentally everywhere,” he said.

“Every time I put on and put on a suit … I have to play the part and go, ‘right, play face’, look in the mirror and say, ‘Let’s go.’ Even before I left the house, I was drenched in sweat. I was in combat or flight mode. “

He said, “I was ready to drink, I was ready to do drugs, I was ready to try and do the things that made me feel less than I felt.”

Apple TVPrince Harry and Oprah Winfrey

He told Winfrey that he would drink alcohol for a week on a Friday or Saturday night, “not because I was enjoying it, but because I was trying to mask something”.

During the program, Harry also accused his family of “total neglect” when his wife Meghan felt suicidal amid social media harassment.

That alleged abandonment was one of the “biggest reasons” the couple left the UK, Harry said.

“Sure, I’ll never be silenced now,” he added.

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