Prince Harry Reveals He Used Drugs To Help Cope With Death Of Mother

Contributed By Scott Lipscomb
Death isn’t easy for anyone, and healing can be a hard and long process. For Prince Harry, whose mother tragically passed when he was 12, that process has been anything but easy.

Prince Harry and Oprah have a new docu series coming out to help remove stigmas around mental health. The last time he was with Oprah in March him and his wife, Meghan, revealed racism within the royal family and how he felt neglected. In the most recent episode he explained how the constant media pressure almost led his wife to self harm.

“The clicking of cameras and the flash of cameras makes my blood boil. It makes me angry. It takes me back to what happened to my mum, what I experienced as a kid,” he tells Winfrey in the documentary.
“I was so angry with what happened to her, and the fact that there was no justice at all … The same people that chased her through that tunnel photographed her dying on the back seat of that car.”
In the five-part documentary series, Harry is seen undergoing a form of therapy known as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to treat unresolved anxiety stemming from his anger at the media and the death of his mother, reported NBC News.
Harry also notes how he turned to drugs and alcohol not for personal enjoyment but rather to suppress his feelings of sadness and anger.
“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,” he said. “Not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something,” he added.
Harry for the last four years has seen a therapist which he hopes will help him find peace and less anger.