Row with Meghan Markle made ‘yes man’ Prince Harry realise he needed therapy
An argument with then-girlfriend Meghan Markle made Prince Harry realise he needed therapy, the Duke of Sussex has said.
In Harry's new documentary series, The Me You Can't See, Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry guide discussions about mental health and emotional well-being while opening up about their own mental health journeys and struggles.
In the series, Harry speaks about his own therapy, which he says he started so that he didn't lose the "woman that I could see spending the rest of my life with".
The Duke, who has been attending therapy sessions for the past four years, opened up about when he first sought help.
Harry reveals he realised he needed therapy after a couple of people close to him pointed out his behaviour was "not normal".
He said: "Towards my late 20s, everything became really hectic for me, but to the point of exhaustion.
"I was travelling all over the place because from the family's perspective I guess I was the person who was like, 'We need someone to go there, er Nepal. Harry you go'.
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"I was always the yes man. I was always the one willing to say 'yes'. But that 'Yes and yes, yes, yes, of course, yes, yes, yes led to burnout and it was like someone had taken the lid off all of the emotions I had suppressed for so many years came to the forefront.
"I saw doctors I saw GPs, I saw therapists, I saw alternative therapists, I saw all sorts of people, but it was meeting and being with Meghan.
"I knew that if I didn't do the therapy and fix myself, that I was going to lose this woman that I could see spending the rest of my life with."
And the Duke of Sussex says the penny finally dropped after an argument with Meghan.
It was only after the dispute that Harry decided to "deal with his past" in order to make his relationship work.
He said: "There was a lot of learning right at the beginning of our relationship. She [Meghan] was shocked to be coming backstage of the institution of the British royal family.
"When she said, 'I think you need to see someone,' it was in reaction to an argument that we had.
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"And in that argument, not knowing about it, I reverted back to 12-year-old Harry. The moment I started therapy, it was probably within my second session, my therapist turned around to me and said, 'That sounds like you're reverting to 12-year-old Harry'.
"I felt somewhat ashamed and defensive. Like, 'How dare you? You're calling me a child.' And she goes, 'No, I'm not calling you a child. I'm expressing sympathy and empathy for you for what happened to you when you were a child. You never processed it. You were never allowed to talk about it and all of a sudden now it's coming up in different ways as projection'.
"That was the start of a learning journey for me. I became aware that I'd been living in a bubble within this family, within this institution and I was sort of almost trapped in a thought process or a mindset."
The Me You Can't See is available to stream now on AppleTV+.
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