Prince Harry said that it saddens him that his son Archie won’t be able to meet his late mother, Princess Diana, saying that her name was amongst the little boy’s first words.
In the fifth episode of his Apple TV+ new mental health series with Oprah Winfrey, The Me You Can’t See, the Duke of Sussex said: “I got a photo of her in his nursery, and it was one of the first words that he said — apart from “mama”, “papa”, it was then “grandma”. Grandma Diana.”
“It’s the sweetest thing, but at the same time, it makes me really sad because she should be here.”
Princess Diana was tragically killed in an accident in Paris in 1997.
The Duke of Sussex also mentioned that he wished his wife, Meghan Markle, could have known his mother and wished “she was around for Archie.”
“Yeah, I have no doubt that my mom would be incredibly proud of me,” he said. “I’m living the life that she wanted to live for herself, living the life that she wanted us to be able to live.”
The loving father also shared footage of his son playing on the swings beside him at home, it was believed to be taken on the grounds of the Santa Barbara mansion.
The couple also included black and white footage which shows their son Archie running along a beach with Meghan Markle, 39.
However, the royal fans were left disappointed for not being able to get a glimpse of Archie’s face.
Prince Harry and Megan who now lives in Montecito, California said that their chatty little son’s new favorite thing to say is “hydrate” and “crocodile”.
However, the focus of the interview was on Prince Harry’s mental health.
He said that he was discouraged from talking about his mental health as a child after the unexpected death of his mother and when he tried to ask his family for help, he was “met with total silence” and neglect.
“I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence, total neglect,” he said. “We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job. But Meghan was struggling.”
He said that he was reminded of his mother’s final days when he saw how Megan was feeling.
“History was repeating itself, my mother was chased to her death while she was in a relationship with someone who wasn’t white,” he said. “And now look what’s happened.”
“It’s incredibly triggering to potentially lose another woman in my life. Like, the list is growing. And it all comes back to the same people, the same business model, the same industry,” he unhappily said.
He also shared that his failure to process the grief from the sudden death of his mother, the powerlessness he felt to protect her, his dependency on drugs and alcohol to numb the pain, his anxiety and sense of feeling trapped in the palace, his family’s refusal to help when Megan felt suicidal, he claimed that therapy helped him “break the cycle”.
“For me, therapy has equipped me to be able to take on anything,” he said.
He says that his family has tried to prevent him and Megan from leaving when she claims she was suicidal and he admits to drinking and doing drugs in his 30’s.
“Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, “You can’t do this,” he continued. “And it’s like, “Well how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?” She [Markle] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that.”
On the other hand, the Duke is expecting a daughter with Meghan later this summertime, he believes his mom would have been delighted with the person he’s become at this time and the life he is created for his family.