Prince Harry praised Charles for 'making sure we were protected' years before bashing dad in bombshell interviews

Prince Harry praised Charles for 'making sure we were protected' years before bashing dad in bombshell interviews

May 29, 2021

PRINCE Harry praised his father for making sure he and William were "protected" after Diana's death – years before bashing Charles for his parenting style.

In 2017 documentary Diana 7 Days, the Duke of Sussex said his dad "tried to do his best" in the wake of the tragedy.

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But in The Me You Can't See, released last Friday, Harry accused the royals of showing "total neglect" for his mental health woes.

And he claimed Charles caused him to "suffer" and didn't 'make it right' for him after his mother's death in 1997.

It comes as:

  • The Queen ‘gave Prince Harry her blessing for Oprah TV series after misleading pitch about soldiers’ mental health’
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  • Meghan reportedly introduced her husband to “ancestral healing”, which he claimed will help “break the cycle of genetic pain”
  • Diana's former butler Paul Burrell said Harry is "blinded by Meghan Markle and Hollywood"

Four years ago, Harry told the BBC: "One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is tell your children that your other parent has died.

"How you deal with that, I don't know.

"But he was there for us. He was the one out of two left. And he tried to do his best and to make sure that we were protected and looked after.

"But he was going through the same grieving process as well."

He had previously said no child should have to walk in their mother's funeral procession, but told filmmakers: "Before I knew it I found myself with a suit on, with a black tie and white shirt, and I was part of it.

"Generally, I don't have an opinion on whether that was right or wrong. I'm glad I was part of it. Looking back on it now, I'm very glad I was part of it."

However, in his latest documentary, created with Oprah Winfrey for Apple+, he said: "My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, 'Well, it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you.'

"That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered, that doesn’t mean your kids have to suffer. Actually quite the opposite.

"If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, you can make it right for your kids."

And he said he'd suffered a "nightmare" between the ages of 28 and 32, turning to drink and drugs to numb his pain.

"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 said.

"And I would find myself drinking, not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something."

It comes as Harry prepares to "go deeper" on his "truth bombs" in yet another Oprah show, due to air on Friday.

The Duke of Sussex and Oprah will join participants and experts to host a “town hall” discussion for programme The Me You Can’t See: A Path Forward.

And it's understood the Queen gave her blessing for him to contribute to the series – after she was given a misleading pitch.

The monarch reportedly believed the show would be about soldiers' mental health.

It's claimed both she and Prince Charles were left "absolutely gobsmacked" after Harry used the Apple TV show to launch "personal attacks" on loved one instead.

"Those around the Queen and Prince Charles are absolutely gobsmacked by what has happened,' a source close to Buckingham Palace reportedly said.

"It is a question of trust, and honestly any of that is hanging by a thread at the moment.

"No one within the Palace circles has anything but sympathy for Harry's trauma and troubled life, but there is upset and discomfort at him sharing it on an international television show.

"Certainly the intimate detail of his hardships paint a very negative picture of his family and upbringing. Many people have a different view."

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