Oprah speaks out about Harry's relationship with royals

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Photo credit: Arturo Holmes
Photo credit: Arturo Holmes

In the recent months, Prince Harry has been more candid than ever about his struggles with mental health and just how intensely his childhood within the confines of the royal family impacted him.

From likening his upbringing to a mix between living in The Truman Show and a zoo during an episode of the Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard podcast, to revealing that he feels his brother, Prince William and father, Prince Charles are 'trapped' during the infamous 90-minute interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duke of Sussex hasn't held back.

And now, Oprah has spoken about how Harry’s honesty and candour may not be helping his relations with the royal family.

During an interview with CBS This Morning, the US TV host spoke about Harry being open about his struggles with mental health issues and the impact that may have had.

The programme’s host Gayle King asked: 'He’s candid in this series. Do you think that being as candid as he is, is going to help him with the royal family?'

Oprah responded: 'I don’t know if it helps with the royal family, but this is what I do know — is that being able to express your own personal truth in a way that benefits you, also helps other people to see the truth in themselves.'

Harry and Oprah are currently working together on a new documentary series called The Me You Can’t See for Apple TV, and Oprah explained: 'In this series, we are in conversation. [Harry] knows the power of story.

'He knows by sharing the story of his own grief with his mother that many other people that haven’t processed his grief will say "you know what? That’s what’s going on with me too."'

The new series sees Harry open up more about his upbringing within the royal family and speak candidly about the mental health issues he has suffered.

In one episode, Harry explains: 'London is a trigger, unfortunately. Because of what happened to my mum, and because of what I experienced and what I saw.'

Harry also reveals how a specific type of therapy — Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) — has helped him deal with the trauma of the sudden death of his mother, Princess Diana.

The Me You Can't See is available to stream on Apple TV.

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