EXCLUSIVE: Blindsided! Palace insider reveals the Queen signed off on Harry doing Apple TV series believing it was about veterans’ mental health – not to air his dirty emotional laundry and launch a ‘personal attack’ on the royal family
- The Queen reportedly gave her grandson ‘her blessing’ back in 2018 to his proposal to work with Oprah on a TV documentary about mental health
- Royal insiders now claim that the way Harry pitched the show, The Me You Can’t See, was ‘clearly misleading’
- A source close to the royal family tells DailyMail.com that the Queen and Prince Charles are ‘absolutely gobsmacked’ by Harry’s revelations on his new show
- The source says that the Queen had ‘no idea’ her grandson would accuse the family of ‘total neglect’
- Harry claimed Charles had allowed his children to ‘suffer’ and accused the monarchy and the media of attempting to ‘smear’ his wife
- They said that Harry had been vocal about the importance of military veterans getting the right mental health support after returning to civilian life
The Queen signed off on Prince Harry’s new bombshell Apple TV series – but had ‘no idea’ her grandson would accuse the family of ‘total neglect’, sources have told DailyMail.com.
A source close to the royal family claimed Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles are ‘absolutely gobsmacked’ by Harry’s revelations on his new show, and that trust with his increasingly estranged relatives ‘is hanging by a thread’.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for the series on mental health which Harry is co-producing, the former royal suggested his father, Prince Charles, had allowed his children to ‘suffer’ and accused the monarchy and the media of attempting to ‘smear’ his wife.
The Queen is understood to have given her grandson ‘her blessing’ back in 2018 to his proposal to work with Winfrey on a TV documentary about mental health.
The Queen reportedly gave Prince Harry ‘her blessing’ back in 2018 to his proposal to work with Oprah on a TV documentary about mental health. Royal insiders now claim that the way Harry pitched the show, The Me You Can’t See, was ‘clearly misleading’
Harry claimed Charles had allowed his children to ‘suffer’ and accused the monarchy and the media of attempting to ‘smear’ his wife
Palace insiders say that idea came from the bond forged by the Duke of Sussex and Winfrey, who had become friends with his wife Meghan Markle.
Sources say Harry informed his family of his desire to develop the multi-part documentary series on AppleTV, after discussing it not only with the Queen but also Meghan’s father – before the total breakdown in the rocky relationship between the now-estranged father and daughter.
But royal insiders now claim that the way Harry pitched the show, The Me You Can’t See, was ‘clearly misleading’ and that no-one in the senior royal circle would have agreed to what they now view as a ‘personal attack on his father and the institution.’
‘Those around the Queen and Prince Charles are absolutely gobsmacked by what has happened,’ a source close to Buckingham Palace told DailyMail.com.
‘It is a question of trust, and honestly any of that is hanging by a thread at the moment.
‘No one within the Palace circles has anything but sympathy for Harry’s trauma and troubled life, but there is upset and discomfort at him sharing it on an international television show.
‘Certainly the intimate detail of his hardships paint a very negative picture of his family and upbringing. Many people have a different view.’
The source said that in palace circles Harry had been vocal about the importance of military veterans getting the right mental health support after returning to civilian life, but that he had not revealed what personal details he would be sharing on camera.
A source close to the royal family tells DailyMail.com that the Queen and Prince Charles are ‘absolutely gobsmacked’ by Harry’s revelations on his new show
Harry said his family tried to prevent him and Meghan from leaving when she was having suicidal thoughts, insisting they were ‘neglected’ and ‘trapped’ but have no regrets about quitting for LA
The insider claimed the initial premise and public description of the show had been ‘pushed to the side’ with Harry laying out a damning ‘attack on his father and childhood.’
‘It has sent seismic tremors out everywhere. Harry has the freedom to speak up for his truth, sure. But there has always been an understanding of accountability,’ the source said.
In 2019 Prince Harry announced the five-part AppleTV project to highlight and destigmatize the mental challenges facing many around the world.
He wrote in a statement: ‘I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self.
‘It is a huge responsibility to get this right as we bring you the facts, the science and the awareness of a subject that is so relevant during these times. I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series.’
Prince Harry has long campaigned around the issue of mental health in the past, seeking to break the stigma around mental illness.
The five-episode The Me You Can’t See series – part-televised therapy session and self-help guide, part-confessional – was released in its entirety last week.
Harry was billed as an executive producer alongside Winfrey, who originally bagged the lucrative Apple deal.
Winfrey has become close to both the Sussexes through an initial friendship with Meghan, and was a guest at their star-studded royal wedding in May 2018 at Windsor Castle, England.
She is a neighbor of the couple in Montecito, north of Los Angeles in California.
Harry’s documentary included large segments of him in conversation with the chat show host, as well as interspersed footage of Harry at his mother’s funeral and her being chased by paparazzi as a young woman.
It set the tone for what was another slew of accusations against the Royal Family, the monarchy and the British media.
Prince Harry carries out movements such as crossing his arms while remembering events in his past during therapy, he believes has saved him
He accused the Royal Family of treating Meghan with ‘total neglect’ while she was suicidal and said they had felt ‘bullied into silence’.
Harry described how Meghan shared her darkest thoughts with him, including ‘the practicalities’ of how she had considered ending her life.
He said: ‘I felt completely helpless. I thought my family would help – but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence or total neglect.’
Harry, referring to the racism he believed Meghan experienced in the UK, also suggested his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, had been hounded to death because she was dating ‘someone that wasn’t white’ – Dodi Fayed.
Buckingham Palace and Clarence House kept what sources described as a ‘dignified silence’ on the claims.
Going back to his childhood, the prince talked in moving terms of how much he had been scarred by the loss of his mother, and how those experiences had driven him to abuse drugs and alcohol.
He said he was still traumatized after having to walk behind her coffin and that he can still hear the sound of the horses’ hooves from the funeral procession in his head.
He said it was his wife who persuaded him, after a row in which she said he had regressed back to his 12-year-old self – the age at which he lost his mother – to seek professional help. This included Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Key revelations from Prince Harry’s latest bombshell interview on US TV
On the Sussexes’ cries for help to the Royal Family
‘I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence, total neglect. We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job. But Meghan was struggling.’
On Harry’s family ‘stopping’ them from quitting
‘That feeling of being trapped within the family, there was no option to leave. Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, “You can’t do this”, And it’s like, “Well how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?”. She [Meghan] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that.’
On Meghan’s wish to ‘end her life’
‘Meghan decided to share with me the suicidal thoughts and the practicalities of how she was going to end her life.
‘The thing that stopped her from seeing it through was how unfair it would be on me after everything that had happened to my mum and to now to be put in a position of losing another woman in my life — with a baby inside of her, our baby.
‘The scariest thing for her was her clarity of thought. She hadn’t “lost it.” She wasn’t crazy. She wasn’t self-medicating, be it through pills or through alcohol. She was absolutely sober. She was completely sane’.
On Prince Charles’ parenting
‘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’,’ Prince Harry says in the new documentary.
‘That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite.
‘If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, that you can make it right for your kids’.
On ‘smears’ from ‘The Firm’
‘Before the Oprah interview had aired, because of the combined efforts of The Firm and the media to smear her, I was woken up in the middle of the night to her crying into her pillow because she doesn’t want to wake me up because I’m already carrying too much. That’s heartbreaking.’
And trying to repair the relationship
‘I like to think that we were able to speak truths in the most compassionate way possible, therefore leaving an opening for reconciliation and healing’
On Meghan helping Harry into therapy
‘I saw GPs. I saw doctors. 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 who I could see spending the rest of my life with.
‘When she said, “I think you need to see someone,” it was in reaction to an argument that we had. And in that argument not knowing about it, I reverted back to 12-year-old Harry.’
On his mother’s funeral
‘When my mum was taken away from me at the age of 12, just before my 13th birthday, I didn’t want the [royal] life. Sharing the grief of my mother’s death with the world,’ he said.
‘For me, the thing I remember the most was the sound of the horses’ hooves going along the pavement. Along the Mall, the Red Brick Road. By this point I was, both of us were in shock. It was like I was outside of my body and just walking along doing what was expected of me.
‘Showing one tenth of the emotion that everybody else was showing. I thought, “This is my mum. You never even met her”.
Using booze and drugs to cope with his mother’s death
‘I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling.’
The royal said he would drink a week’s worth of alcohol on a Friday or Saturday night ‘not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something’.
On quitting the Royal Family
‘Making this move was really scary. At every possible opportunity the forces working against us tried to make it impossible. Did I expect to find ourselves in this situation so quickly? No. I think we’ve done a really good job.
‘I have no regrets. It’s really sad but I have no regrets at all because now I’m at a place where I think I should have been four years ago…
‘Now we’ve got a beautiful little boy who keeps us busy, keeps us running around, he makes us laugh every day. We’ve got two dogs. And another little baby girl on the way. I never dreamt that.
‘I have no doubt my Mum would be incredibly proud of me. I’m living the life that she wanted to live for herself. Living the life that she wanted us to be able to live.
‘Not only do I know that she’s incredibly proud of me, but that she’s helped me get here. And I’ve never felt her presence more than I have over the last year. I wish she could have met Meghan. I wish she was around for Archie.’
On dealing with his anger and anxiety
‘I can’t remember the first time it happened, I can just remember the feeling, anxiety, like a hollow empty feeling almost of nervousness, is it fear? Everything feels tense.
‘It’s being the hunted, and being helpless and knowing that you can’t do anything about it. There is no escape. There is no way out of this.’
‘Wherever I could I wanted to understand more about what was going on and why my nervous system was reacting the way that it was.
‘I quickly established that if this relationship was going to work then I was going to have to deal with my past, because there was anger there, and it wasn’t anger at her, it was just anger, and she recognised it, she saw it.
‘Well, so how do I fix this? And it was a case of needing to go back to the past, go back to the point of trauma, deal with it, process it, and then move forward.
‘Having now done therapy for four and bit years, five years now, for me it’s all about prevention.
‘That doesn’t mean we have to speak to them every single day, but to have someone that can help guide us and create that awareness in our own life to when we might be feeling pain and how to get out of that and what the tools are available to us on any given day to make sure that it doesn’t snowball into something bigger’.
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