Prince Harry isn’t coming slow and making mind-freaking allegations about the firm, following his past and his parents, Prince William has continued exalted besides private – that is, up until now.
In his advent on mental health docuseries The Me You Can’t See, which he co-produced with Oprah Winfrey, Harry revealed that he mistreated drugs and alcohol to dazed the pain after the demise of his mother Princess Diana on August 31, 1997.
“I slowly became aware that, OK, I wasn’t drinking Monday to Friday, but I would probably drink a week’s worth in one day on a Friday or a Saturday night. And I would find myself drinking, not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something,” the prince, 36, explained.
While talking about Diana’s sudden death, Harry accepted he was so angry about what happened to her, and the unfairness of it all.
“The same people who chased her through that tunnel photographed her dying on the back seat of the car,” Prince Harry said.
He shared his feelings when he walked behind the coffin of her mother.
“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’,” the prince recalled.
Though it’s difficult not to feel any empathy for Harry – who admitted to grief simple anxiety and panic attacks after Diana’s passing – royal experts think that William’s grief has been outshined by the focus on Harry and Meghan’s “self-pity”.
“He lost his mother as well and has the added burden of being a future king,” royal author and expert Phil Dampier tells Royals Monthly.
“William has said that he didn’t want Diana’s death to destroy him, and so he made a conscious effort to cope and get on with his life.”
Phil says that William, 38, can’t measure why his brother – with whom he was once so close and shares so many fond memoirs – lasts to publicly scorn those who love him most.
“William just wishes his brother would put a sock in it,” Phil says. “He must find it hard to understand why Harry keeps bashing his own blood family.”
Royal fans have accepted and are favoring him.
“What about William? Hasn’t he been hurting just as much? But doesn’t behave like his brother,” one royalist said of the divide.
In the interim, a few days later Prince Harry made an allegation against his family of showing “total neglect” for his mental health and claimed his father Prince Charles made him “suffer”,
Prince William, who had explained the pain on learning of Diana’s death as “like no other” – used the tour of Scotland to break the silence the way he coped with the immense loss.
“Scotland is the source of some of my happiest memories, but also my saddest. I was at Balmoral when I was told my mother had died,” the future king said in a candid and moving speech.
“Still in shock, I found sanctuary in the service at Crathie Kirk that very morning. And in the dark days of grief that followed, I found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors. As a result, the connection I feel to Scotland will forever run deep.”
William’s distressing confession came after he made the unprecedented move of filming a statement after an inquiry into the 1995 TV interview with Princess Diana found the BBC covered up “deceitful behavior” used by journalist Martin Bashir, and “fell short of high standards of integrity and transparency”, stated newidea.
“It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said,” the father-of-three said.
“The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.
“It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia, and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.
“It is my firm view that this Panorama program holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again.”
Talking to Royals Monthly, Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton claimed the late Princess was “scared half to death” by the tactics used to get the historic interview.
“He deceived her, her brother (Earl Spencer), and the BBC. He scared her half to death with his lurid claims,” the author maintains.
Though, Andrew doesn’t decide with William’s cries to have the interview excluded.
“Diana wanted to speak out, first of all talking to me for my biography, Diana, Her True Story, and later with Bashir,” Andrew says. “It is a piece of history and in context a fascinating insight into her life and mind.”
Andrew also clashes the revelations in the interview that made the marriage worse.
“It prompted the Queen to step in and urge them to divorce,” he claims. “The War of the Wales was only damaging the monarchy. Once the dust settled the divorce enabled them to rebuild their lives.”
As for Harry, Andrew says he’s behaving like his mum: “He’s reckless, wears his heart on his sleeve, [and is] brave and at times foolhardy.”