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We've all seen over and over again the footage of Harry – looking so much younger than 12 years old – walking blank faced behind his mother's coffin, as the crowds watched on.
Now we know what the child prince was thinking as he bared his grief to the public in those heart-breaking moments: “This is my mum – you've never even met her.”
He talks about that terrible day to launch his new series with Oprah Winfrey about mental health.
It's Harry begging us to see him, finally, as an ordinary person. And to acknowledge that it was wrong how on that day in 1997, arguably the worst day of his life, he still had to do his job as a Royal.
In the first episode of The Me You Can't See, Harry – dressed in a casual shirt, his body relaxed, and with calm hand gestures – recalls: “What I remember the most is the sound of horses hooves going along the Mall – by this point both of us were in shock, it was like I was outside my body, walking along, doing what was expected of me and showing one tenth of the emotion that everyone else was showing.”
Now he's hoping to re-dress that and to show everyone his true emotions. And gosh, it's powerful.
In a world where famous people – and the Royal family are arguably the most famous of them all – control their image to the max, Harry – as he makes clear in this documentary that he prefers to be known – has blown that to smithereens.
Behind-the-scenes on any celebrity interview, whether on camera or in a magazine or newspaper, are negotiations about what will be said, what the star will agree to talk about, that divorce but DEFINITELY not that scandal.
And yet here is Harry talking about EVERYTHING.
And it makes for a pretty grim picture. We hear of his terrible anxiety and how he would feel incredibly self conscious about being in public, how embarrassed he was because he would sweat and go red in the face. How between the years of 28-32, “was a nightmare time” of his life where he turned to drink and drugs.
We learn how he craved normality, and found it in surprising places.
How to watch The Me You Can't See on Apple TV+?
You can watch the new documentary series, produced by Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey, by signing up to Apple TV+ streaming service here. The new show, which will air on May 21, explores mental health and emotional well-being and includes featured interviews from Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, NBA star DeMar DeRozan and others about their experiences.
You can subscribe to Apple TV+ instantly for £4.99 a month or try the free 7-day trial, but remember to cancel before the trial ends to avoid getting charged the full subscription fee. Apple is also giving away Apple TV+ subscriptions for free for one year when you purchase a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV or Mac. Find out more about the offer by visiting tv.apple.com.
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He tells us: “The happiest time in my life were the 10 years in the army – without question – because I got to wear the same uniform as everyone else, I got the same training like everyone else, and started at the bottom like everyone else. There was no special treatment. That was where I felt more normal. The most comfortable I felt was out in Afghanistan, away from the media.”
It was then meeting Meghan, and her encouragement that he has some therapy, that has led him to finally find some peace.
In the series he'll keep opening up, including letting us observe him in at his therapists, and having a treatment called EMDR – which he used to treat his PTSD symptoms.
He says: “The only way to free yourself and break out is tell the truth.”
We will see Harry's truth, and other famous people like Lady Gaga, who said she was raped at 19 by music producer, and the spotlight is also on people from all around the world who share their unfiltered stories of their mental health struggles.
But as much as The Me You Can't See will help us all understand and empathise, this series is Harry's way of telling the the world that finally, and emotionally, he's in control: he's Harry.
At one point he says: “I always wanted to be normal – as opposed to Prince Harry.”
The Me You Can't See has given Harry that gift he so deserves.
You can watch The Me You Can't See on streaming site Apple TV+
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