The Duke of Sussex likened his wife Meghan’s situation to that of his late mother, both of whom battled with their responsibilities in the monarchy.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday, Prince Harry stated that the media’s treatment of his wife, Meghan Markle, reminded him of how the press handled his late mother, Princess Diana of Wales.
“My biggest concern was history repeating itself. And I’ve said that before, on numerous occasions, very publicly,” Harry said. “What I was seeing was history repeating itself. More perhaps, or far more dangerously, because then you add race in, and social media in. And when I’m talking about history repeating itself, I’m talking about my mother.”
“I think she would feel very angry with how this has panned out and very sad, but ultimately, all she’d ever want is for us to be happy,” Harry said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday alongside wife Meghan Markle.
“I brought what my mom left me,” he continued. “And without that, we would not have been able to do this, so touching back on what my mother would think of this, I think she saw it coming. I certainly felt her presence throughout this whole process.”
Prince Harry confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he was financially able to move away from the Royal family because his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, left him an inheritance, saying, “I think she saw it coming”
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“I have what my mum left me and without that we wouldn’t have been able to do this,” he said of his new life in Los Angeles. “It’s like she saw it coming and she’s been with us through this whole process.”
During the two-hour conversation, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex discussed feeling trapped and helpless in the royal family’s “institution.” The pair stated that they sought assistance, both jointly and individually, for their issues with mental health and confronting racist discourse in tabloids, but that they did not receive it.
“When you can see something happening in the same kind of way [as my mother’s story], anybody would ask for help, ask the system of which you are a part of, especially when you know there’s a relationship there. They can share some truth or call the dogs off or whatever you want to call it,” Harry said. “So to receive no help at all and to be told continuously, ‘This is how it is, this is just how it is, we’ve all been through it.’”
He also likened Meghan’s situation to that of his late mother.
“You know, for me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here, talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t begin to imagine what it must’ve been like for [my mother] going through this process by herself all those years ago,” Harry explained.
The Duchess of Sussex admitted to Oprah Winfrey that she, like Diana, felt bound by her position in the Royal family at times. She said that her feelings of loneliness led to suicidal thoughts.
“What I was seeing was history repeating itself, but far more dangerous,” Prince Harry told Oprah. “And you add race in. You add social media in,” he said referring to what he saw as a racist tinge to the treatment of his wife, whose mother is black.
“I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person,” he said, at times appearing tearful. “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.
During the interview, the Duchess of Sussex, 39, wore a bracelet once owned by Princess Diana – the same bracelet that was used to help create Meghan’s engagement ring.