Prince Harry's Candid Chats About Mental Health Are Making The World 'A Better Place' But Are Also Hurting His Family, Notes Historian
While Prince Harry's participation in the mental health docuseries The Me You Can't See has had a positive effect on countless people, it simultaneously hurt his loved ones.
"The world is a better place for what Harry has done," royal historian Robert Lacey stated to PEOPLE. "But this is another blow for the British crown and royal family."
His revelations and candid talk about undergoing therapy is helping to end the stigma, with British journalist Bryony Gordon calling his actions "an important form of duty."
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"This is a man who, at the age of 12, was sent out to walk behind his mother's coffin and console the masses outside Kensington Palace," she noted. "I just don't understand why we're now angry with him that that might have affected him."
In the series, Harry claimed his struggles began as a kid, comparing to life in the royal family as "living in a zoo."
He said that when he talked to dad Prince Charles about his struggles, they were brushed off.
In another episode, the Duke of Sussex opened up about wife Meghan Markle's pain and suicidal thoughts.
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Part of the series focused on Harry's recovery and therapy treatments, even undergoing one while the cameras rolled.
"Therapy has equipped me to be able to take on anything. That's why I'm here now. That's why my wife is here now," he shared. "Without therapy and without doing the work, we would not be able to withstand this. I've never had any anger through this, I've always had compassion."
"I'm now a more comfortable in my own skin. I don't get panic attacks," he added. "I've learned more about myself in the last four years than I have in the 32 years before that. And I have my wife to thank for that."
The Me You Can't See debuted on AppleTV+ on May 21, and on May 28, Harry and Oprah Winfrey will reunite for a town hall conversation follow-up.