Los Angeles, USA, May 21 (EFE).- Prince Harry has said he would use partying and alcohol to escape the pain brought on by the death of his mother Princess Diana and that he felt trapped by royal life.
The Duke of Sussex, who now resides in California with his wife Meghan Markle, opened up about his mental health struggles in an interview with Oprah Winfrey as part of Apple TV’s new documentary The Me You Can’t See.
Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, when Harry was just 12.
“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,” he tells Oprah in the show.
He said that although he would not drink from Monday to Friday, he would drink a week’s worth of alcohol in one day on the weekend.
“Not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something,” he said.
Harry talks about when he first sought therapy, something he says was not encouraged within the British royal family.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from official royal duties in 2020.
“It was meeting and being with Meghan, I knew that if I didn’t do therapy and fix myself, that I was going to lose this woman who I could see spending the rest of my life with.”
He says therapy helped him reflect and deal with the trauma of losing his mother.