He had broken the silence. In 2017, for the first time, Prince Harry decided to open up on the delicate subject of mental health. The Duke of Sussex, who had never mentioned his fight at the time, decided to talk about it at length in the Mad World podcast hosted by Bryony Gordon. “I have spent most of my life saying ‘everything is fine’. And most of us are not ready to look any further, said Meghan Markle’s husband at the time. I can safely say that losing my mother at the age of twelve and therefore confined all my emotions for the last twenty years and had a serious effect not only on my personal life but also on my work. ” A moving speech, which surprised many Britons, but also the journalist. On Lorraine, she recounted how surreal it was to arrive at Kensington Palace to interview Prince Harry, notably that she defines herself as a “chaotic” person: “I still remember so clearly being sitting on the couch with him in Kensington Palace, and I was so amazed. ”
“I have a long history with alcoholism, drug addiction, OCD. I’ve always been a chaotic, but I guess that’s why he chose to talk to me about this topic,” continued Bryony Gordon. The journalist said it was “crucial” for a member of the British establishment, who “embodies the upper elite”, to speak about mental health. “It was such an honor to be a part of this moment,” she added. “I think people have forgotten how crucial it is. I still have people who say four years later how important it is. it made a difference. It was a really important moment and I appreciate her coming to the podcast to talk about it. ” This very intimate subject, Prince Harry has since spoken about several times. Especially alongside Meghan Markle, last October. On World Mental Health Day, the couple took part in the Teenager Therapy podcast where the Duchess spoke about the lengthy online harassment she suffered.
Prince Harry: “I made the choice not to read or see and get away from it all”
“I can speak about it personally because I was told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the whole world. Yet for eight months of that year I did not even I was on maternity leave, or with my baby. But despite that, we were able to make things. And it’s almost insurmountable, confided Meghan Markle. And it’s so huge that you can’t even know what it does, because it doesn’t matter whether you’re 15 or 25, if people say things about you that aren’t true, it can only hurt your sanity. ” Touched by the distress that his wife lived for a long time, Prince Harry stood up for the mother of his son. But also of all those who suffer mentally. “It’s very easy to get caught and stuck in a negative spiral, but we all have a choice to try to let go of the negativity in our lives (…) I made the choice not to read or see and get away from it all, to focus on the positive and optimistic side, the Duke assured. What I’ve seen in the last few years is people hiding behind nicks online. They say things that no one would say in front of the person. ”
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