Prince Harry says hes not looking for sympathy and doesnt see himself as a victim
In the latest round of press activity to promote his memoir Spare, Prince Harry has once again spoken candidly about his experiences within the royal family as part of a sit down interview with trauma expert Dr Gabor Maté.
Yet despite outlining a great deal of loss in his life, particularly how the death of his mother Princess Diana deeply affected him, Harry insisted that he “never looked for sympathy” or considers himself to be a victim.
"I definitely don’t see myself as a victim", he said before adding that he wanted to help others by "sharing my story”.
During the paid for ticketed event, which was filmed at Harry and wife Meghan Markle ’s California home, the Prince also went on to share how he was terrified of losing the memory of him mum while taking part in counselling sessions about his childhood trauma.
Harry said: "I thought if I went to therapy that it would cure me and that I would lose whatever I had left, whatever I had managed to hold on to of my mother."
He then continued: "I didn't lose that, it was the opposite."
"I turned what I thought was supposed to be sadness to try to prove to her that I missed her into realising that she really just wanted me to be happy and that was a huge weight off my chest.”
The Duke of Sussex has always been open about his mental health struggles and even admitted he had attended counselling sessions to try and tackle some of the memories that continued to haunt him.
Yet during the interview, Harry admitted he had wished he’d started counselling sessions sooner, as the process had truly helped him and felt as if he had “learnt a new language” by attending sessions regularly.
Once he had a better understanding of his trauma, Harry revealed that it had lead to living a “more authentic life” and even prompted him to be a better dad to his two children, Archie and Lilibet.
Saturday’s Q&A session came just two months after Spare was released to the world, and gave fans and critics alike a first hand look at his experience of growing up in the royal family.
Through a series of frank accounts and often times damning anecdotes, Harry explored his own perspective of several situations, but didn’t hold back from launching several attacks on his relatives in the pages of his memoir.
Among the most notable revelations, Harry accused his brother Prince William of physically attacking him, while also alleging that his step-mother Camilla, now the Queen Consort, had leaked stories to the press about him to improve her own image.
As a result of the explosive claims, the Duke of Sussex’s controversial memoir has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book in the UK since records began in 1998.
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