Oprah says EVERYONE is on a 'spectrum' of mental health fitness after bombshell Prince Harry interview
OPRAH said that everyone is on a spectrum of mental health fitness after her bombshell interview with Prince Harry.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, appeared alongside the talk show host on popular ABC breakfast show Good Morning America to discuss the first episode of the explosive interview series.
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The pair discussed their mental health battles with anchor Robin Roberts on Friday.
"One of the things that Prince Harry and I wanted was for people to understand that mental health and mental fitness is a spectrum and we're all on a spectrum," Winfrey said.
"Everybody either is or knows somebody who's going through something."
Harry went on to speak about the world-broadcasted death of his mother impacted his own mental health.
"There were so many people of all ages that need to heal and that also are for one reason or another unable to heal or maybe unaware that they need to heal," he detailed.
"If we hold onto grief it manifests itself and appears later in life – that is what I've learned from this process."
Harry was wearing a blue suit and white shirt during his interview, appearing on video on a sofa.
Discussing the process of creating the new doc – The Me You Can't See – Winfrey quips about how Harry was "in every meeting usually on zoom before I was and turning in his notes before I did."
Prince Harry spoke about:
- Prince Charles not 'making it right' for him and brother Prince William after their mother's car crash death in 1997
- Turning to drinking and drugs in his late 20s, admitting: 'I would drink a week's worth in one day'
- The public being allowed to mourn his mother Princess Diana, while he was not
- Harry claimed critics 'won't stop until Meghan dies'
- How Meghan resisted suicidal thoughts because she knew it would be 'unfair' for Harry to lose another woman in his life
- How some of Archie's first words were "grandma Diana"
- Harry has said he was "afraid" to return to the UK for Prince Philip's funeral but "used coping skills from therapy to get through"
- The duke claimed The Firm tried to "smear" Meghan in a shocking blast at the Queen
- Meghan told Harry to get therapy after he "acted like a 12-year-old" in a huge row
"I didn't know it's a competition but now that I know I'm very glad that I did," Harry joked.
Prince Harry accused his family of showing "total neglect" for his mental health woes and claims dad Charles made him "suffer" in a bombshell documentary set to leave the Palace reeling in the doc's first episode.
In the doc Harry opens up about his struggles with his mental well-being and the trauma that haunts him after the death of mother Princess Diana.
And in stunningly candid moments, Harry, 36, launches blistering attacks on his close relatives – and even admits to past drug use and booze binges to escape from his anguish.
He reveals that he's been in therapy for "four or five years" – while also opening up about turning his back on Britain and his family to "break the cycle" of grief being passed down the generations.
Harry also spoke out about his wife Meghan's mental health struggles, saying: "Meghan decided to share with me the suicidal thoughts and the practicalities of how she was going to end her life.
"The scariest thing for her was her clarity of thought."
The Duke blasts his own dad Charles – saying he did little to help him through his struggles.
He says: "My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, 'Well, it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you.'
"That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered, that doesn’t mean your kids have to suffer. Actually quite the opposite.
"If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, you can make it right for your kids."
"We chose to put our mental health first. That's what we're doing. And that's what we will continue to do. Isn't this all about breaking the cycle?
"Isn't it all about making sure that history doesn't repeat itself? That whatever pain and suffering has happened to you, that you don't pass on."
Harry spoke in the documentary about suffering through a "nightmare time" in his life from when he was 28 until 32.
"I'm freaking out eery single time I jump in the car, or see a camera. I would just start sweating," he said.
The five-part celebrity-packed doc was released on Apple TV in the US on Thursday night and the UK on Friday morning.
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