Diana, Princess of Wales biographer Andrew Morton, spoke to The Mirror’s podcast, Pod Save the Queen, about Prince Harry and how he maintains his closeness with his late mother
Since Prince Harry stepped down from his role as senior working royal in 2020, he has made a series of shocking claims about his life and treatment within The Firm.
While revelations vary between his sour relationship with Prince Charles and the breakdown in his bond with his brother Prince William, there’s one key issue he’s kept talking about.
Harry has been very open about the impact his mother’s death had on his mental health over the years, as he was just 12 when Diana died in a car accident.
The prince has previously revealed how he keeps his late mother close and how he instills the memory of her in her own children.
And according to Andrew Morton, Diana, Princess of Wales’ biographer, Harry uses a different method to do this.
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Andrew Morton spoke to The Mirror podcast. Pod save the queenabout the Duke of Sussex and how he includes his mother in his life.
Morton said: “I think Diana’s influence has lasted longer than anyone thought because her torchbearers in life, William and Harry, have not forgotten her and have given concerts in her memory.
“Harry himself says he never makes a decision without addressing it in a spiritual sense.
“She marked a turning point in the behavior of the royal family and through her behavior helped to modernize and humanize the royal family.
“So it wasn’t big handbags, white gloves and aloof. It was more sensitive than ever in the past. So she made the royal family more relevant to modern times.”
Discussing Harry and Meghan’s decision to retire from the royal family, Morton revealed their planning began much earlier than initially thought.
He told the podcast, “Harry was chatting in a London hotel with Oprah Winfrey in November 2018, just six months after they got married.
“That’s why they thought about a different direction of travel early on.
“The irony is that they were given the keys to the First Class lounge when Prince Harry was given the position of Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth.
“This was practically the Queen’s way of saying, ‘You make the rest of the world, leave William and Catherine to Britain, where they will eventually be the heads of state.'”
Prince Harry was previously very open about the struggles he faced after the death of his mother while co-creating the Apple TV mental health documentary series The Me You Can’t See with Oprah Winfrey.
In the series, Harry Winfrey recounted that the trauma of the loss caused him to suffer from anxiety and severe panic attacks from the ages of 28 to 32.
Speaking to the camera, the Duke of Sussex revealed that the pain of his mother’s death led him to use alcohol and drugs to “mask” his feelings and “feel less like how I felt”.
He continued, “I was just everywhere mentally, every time I put on a suit and tied it up… I had to play the part and go, ‘right, game face,’ look in the mirror and say, ‘let’s go.’ Even before I left the house, I was drenched in sweat. I was in fight or flight mode.”
Elsewhere on the show, Harry spoke in searing detail about his relationship with his father, Prince Charles. He said: “He treated me the way he was treated so how can I change that for my own children?
“My dad always said to me when I was younger, he said to both William and me, ‘Well, it was like that for me, so it will be like that for you.’
“That does not make sense. Just because you’ve suffered doesn’t mean your children have to suffer, quite the opposite—if you’ve suffered, do whatever you can to make sure you can make amends for your children about your negative experiences.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-harry-never-makes-decision-27287077 Prince Harry never makes a decision without consulting Diana's ghost, the expert says