Prince Harry’s heartbreaking remarks on ‘baggage’ of royal life years before privacy row

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Harry’s recent comments about royal life have sparked a privacy row following a series of bombshells he has dropped about his reasons for leaving his duties behind. His interviews with Oprah Winfrey and with Dax Shepard have faced criticism from royal commentators who accuse Harry of violating his own privacy requests. ITV’s Royal Rota podcast host, Chris Ship chimed in on the row and explained that Harry’s interview with Mr Shepard had been “incredibly critical” and had now left Harry “open to invading his own privacy”. Mr Ship said: “He said that he’d experience some form of pain or suffering because of the ‘pain or suffering perhaps my father or parents suffered’.

“So he’s been incredibly publicly critical.

“Which does leave him open to the charge that he’s invading his own privacy now.”

However, this is not the first time Prince Harry has spoken about unwanted attention from the media.

In 2005, when he was 21, Harry touched on his dislike for the media and the “lies” he believed had been said about him.

When asked about being protective about his then girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, Harry said: “I am hugely protective.

“Obviously this is something that is part of my life, it is part of the baggage that comes with me and she understands that and my friends understand that as well.

“I think it is fair to say that is something that comes with me but also lies – that is something that does not come with me and that I should not be talking about but, it is something that happens you know.”

During his twenties the Duke of Sussex was heavily criticised for his partying ways and controversial antics.

He wore a Nazi costume to a fancy dress party that he attended with his brother Prince William.

He also took off his clothes at a private party in Las Vegas.

When asked how it felt to read about himself in newspapers, Harry further explained he was “upset” by the reports but still read the papers because doing so “gave him peace of mind”.

He explained: “They still upset me and I still read them.

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“Why? I do not know but I have to read them just for peace of mind.

“I guess that is the media in general – there is truth and then there are lies and unfortunately I can never get my truth across because I do not have a column in the paper.

“Girlfriend-wise – this is my private life so it is another story but I am still very very protective.”

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle moved to California with their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The couple released a statement last year as they set out to leave the Firm in a bid to have more privacy.

Since leaving, the couple have sat down with Oprah Winfrey to discuss why they decided to step down from royal duties – citing that mental health support, racism and overall differences helped to form their decision.

They have insisted that there is no bad blood when it comes to Queen Elizabeth II or her late husband Prince Phillip but that Prince Charles and Prince William were “trapped” in a royal system.

Meghan is currently expecting her second child in the summer but Harry recently admitted that they were not comfortable with sharing Archie’s life publicly and this was another “deciding factor” in their decision to leave and relocate.

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