Prince Harry ‘volunteered’ to go through therapy on camera for new documentary
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For ‘The Me You Can’t See,’ Prince Harry “volunteered” to film an on-camera therapy session.
Dawn Porter, the director of the Apple TV+ original film The Me You Can’t See, said the Duke of Sussex was “game for trying something” to help him transcend his past trauma. Prince Harry dropped several truth bombs about senior royals in the five-part film, which was published in its entirety on Friday, sending shockwaves through the Royal Family.
The American documentary filmmaker, whose credits include Trapped and Gideon’s Army, has explained how she persuaded the Duke of Sussex, 36, and Oprah Winfrey to open up in the docuseries, as well as what prompted the royal to undergo therapy on camera.
Dawn, who claims she also learned a lot of what the prince was doing to keep his mental health in check, told Town and Country magazine: ‘Harry he volunteered, he was game for trying something.’
‘And we thought well, we have the opportunity to film this [therapy] and maybe this is something that will work for some people, maybe it won’t, but the idea is that you don’t tick a box and you’re done, mental wellness is an ongoing pursuit.’
‘You have to continue to try new things and to push yourself, and his volunteering to try something was a great way to emphasize and underscore that point.’
She went on to say that Oprah and Prince Harry were drawn to the project because they both had “very personal and deep feelings about destigmatizing conversations” about mental health.
‘This was really important to both of them, and so they were extremely hands on. We had meetings every other week .’
“Asif Kapadia [co-director] was working really closely with Harry, and it was really interesting because we were working on the series for so long that we knew a lot about what Prince Harry was doing to maintain his mental wellness,” Dawn said about the docu-series.
“And when you have Oprah Winfrey and the best advisers on the planet, you get access to a lot of the best research and the best medicine.”
Dawn acknowledged that Harry’s openness made the series much simpler to make.
During the broadcast, Harry acknowledged that his wife urged him to be more serious about therapy.
“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 said.
During the show, Harry underwent an eye movement desensitization and reprocessing treatment (EDMR).
Patients are guided to remember previous pain through psychotherapy, and then bilateral relaxation, such as rapid eye movement or shoulder tapping, is used to aid brain recovery.
The counseling has varied degrees of efficacy, although it is officially classified as an evidence-based medication for PTSD by the American Psychological Association.
Dawn says they’d watch videos of several potential contestants and talk about their experiences and what they’d add to the show.
She went on to say that they were watching in’real time’ as the interviewees opened up about important topics, and as a result, they opened up as well.
‘They were so involved and it was such a collaborative effort for our team.’
During the docuseries, Prince Harry dropped another nuclear ‘truth bomb’ on the Royal Family, accusing them of ‘complete silence’ and ‘neglect’ when Meghan was suicidal, claiming his father, Prince Charles, made him’suffer’ as a child, and insisting he would not be ‘bullied into silence’ when he said ‘The Firm’ ‘trapped, smeared, and dumped’ them –
The Duke of Sussex revealed in candid interviews that he and his wife feel betrayed by his family, and that this was one of their ‘biggest reasons’ for moving to California last year.
He told Oprah: ‘Certainly now I will never be bullied into silence’, adding: ‘I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence, total neglect. 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. But Meghan was struggling.’
‘That feeling of being trapped within the family, there was no option to leave. Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, “You can’t do this”, And it’s like, “Well how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?”. She [Meghan] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that.’
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