PRINCE Harry revealed Meghan Markle woke him up in the middle of the night “crying into her pillow” as “heartbreaking” bullying claims emerged days before their Oprah interview aired.
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Prince Harry opened up about the effect bullying allegations had on his wife in the new series The Me You Can’t SeeCredit: Apple Tv
In March, an insider told The Times that Meghan Markle drove two personal assistants out of the household and undermined the confidence of a third – which prompted Buckingham Palace to launch a full-scale investigation.
A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess said at the time: “The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma.
“She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”
Describing the impact the allegations had on his wife, Harry said: “I was woken up in the middle of the night to her crying in her pillow because she doesn’t want to wake me up, because I’m already carrying too much.
Prince Harry revealed Meghan woke him up ‘crying into her pillow’ before the Oprah interview airedCredit: CBS
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“That’s heartbreaking. I held her, we talked, she cried, and she cried, and she cried.”
The Duke also revealed in the documentary that he feared he would lose Meghan if he didn’t confront his personal traumas head-on five years ago.
He continued: “[After] meeting and being with Meghan, I knew that if I didn’t do therapy and fix myself, that I was going to lose this woman who I could see spending the rest of my life with.
“There was a lot of learning right at the beginning of our relationship. She was shocked to be coming backstage of the institution of the British Royal Family.
Prince Harry speaks 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
- How he’s convinced the media ‘will not stop’ until wife Meghan Markle ‘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”
In response to an argument they had, Harry revealed Meghan told him that she thought he should start seeing a therapist after “reverting back” to his 12-year-old self.
He continued: “Within my second session, my therapist turned around to me, and said, ‘That sounds like you are reverting to 12-year-old Harry.’ I felt somewhat ashamed and defensive.
“She said, ‘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.'”
What’s more, the Duke – who stepped down as a senior working royal in January 2020 – said that therapy helped him realise he was “living in a bubble”.
Harry revealed that Meghan suggested he start therapy five years agoCredit: AP
“That was the start of a learning journey for me,” he said. “I became aware that I’d been living in a bubble, within this family, within this institution.
“I was sort of almost trapped in a thought process or a mindset. For me, therapy has equipped me to be able to take on anything. That’s why I’m here now. That’s why my wife is here now.”
In a separate clip, the Duke added: “We chose to put our mental health first. That’s what we’re doing. And that’s what we will continue to do.”
During the five-part series with Oprah Winfrey, Harry revealed that he’d been in therapy for “four or five years” and accused the Royal Family of showing a “total neglect” for his mental health struggles.
The Duke says the Royal Family showed a ‘total neglect’ for his mental health strugglesCredit: AP
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.”
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