Why Prince Harry was ‘afraid’ to return to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral

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  • The first three episodes of Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey’s mental health series, The Me You Can’t See, were released on AppleTV+ this week.

    During the show, the Duke of Sussex spoke candidly about past trauma, including how he dealt with losing his mother, the late Princess Diana, at such a young age. He also touched on the memory of following her coffin at her funeral alongside Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Philip.

    He told co-host Oprah: ‘For me the thing I remember the most was the sound of the horses’ hooves going along the Mall.

    ‘It was like I was outside of my body and just walking along doing what was expected of me. (I was) showing one tenth of the emotion that everybody else was showing: This was my mum – you never even met her.’

    Harry also revealed that he was ‘afraid’ to come back to the UK when his grandfather, Prince Philip, passed away in April this year, a month after his controversial interview with Oprah.

    He told The Associated Press: ‘I was worried about it, I was afraid.’

    However, he added that he was able to use coping skills which he has learned after years of therapy.

    ‘It definitely made it a lot easier, but the heart still pounds.’

    Harry spoke about his decision to ‘deal with [his] past’ through therapy, and took part in an EMDR session – a process therapy which aims to relieve distress by briefly focusing on a traumatic memory.

    The Prince has been living in California with Meghan Markle and their son, Archie, since the couple decided to step away from the royal family in early 2020.

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