Prince Harry: Lorraine and royal expert discuss latest Oprah chat
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The Duke of Sussex launched another blistering attack on the Royal Family in his latest docuseries for AppleTV+. In the five-part documentary titled The Me You Can’t See, Harry took aim at the parenting skills of his father and claimed Prince Charles expected his sons to follow in his footsteps and endure the pressures of royal life.
He also accessed members of the Royal Family of “total neglect” when his wife, Meghan Markle, was experiencing personal struggles and reached out for help.
The 36-year-old also revealed he turned to drink and drugs as he tried to come to terms with the death of his mother in later life.
The Duke is understood to have asked permission from the Queen in 2018 to produce a series on mental health.
But, it is claimed the narrative of the programme has moved away from what was discussed.
Harry, who served a decade in the military, is said to have stressed the programme would place an emphasis on raising awareness of mental health, especially in veterans, and did not disclose it would involve intimate details and attacks on The Firm.
A source close to the Palace said the Queen had “no idea” the Royal Family would be targeted and both the Monarch and the Prince of Wales are said to be “absolutely gobsmacked’.
The royal insider added the way Harry presented the programme idea to the Queen was “clearly misleading” and it would not have been approved if royals knew it involved a “personal attack on his father and the institution”.
A source told DailyMail.com: “Those around the Queen and Prince Charles are absolutely gobsmacked by what has happened.
“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.”
Harry announced he would be working on a series with Oprah Winfrey in 2019 and highlighted it would focus on the “facts, the science and the awareness” of mental health.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment when contacted by Express.co.uk.
Calls are increasingly growing for Harry to be stripped of his remaining royal links due to his repeated attacks on the family.
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The Duke of Duchess of Sussex dramatically left their senior royal position at the end of March 2020.
The arrangement was made permanent by the Queen earlier this year, but Harry and Meghan managed to keep their official royal titles.
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The move has prompted criticisms from many quarters and it is argued the couple have been cashing in on their royal status by signing a number of multi-million pound deals – including with Netflix and Spotify.
The Queen confirmed Meghan and Harry would not return to the royal fold in February and stripped their royal patronages and military appointments.
Harry was forced to relinquish a number of high-profile positions, including as Captain General of the Royal Marines.
The Duke of Sussex also stood down from his role as Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands’ Small Ships and Diving.
Meghan saw her patronages for the Royal National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities removed, and was relieved of her role as vice-president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
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