First and foremost, Harry is a husband and father — that much has been made clear in his new, explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey. But after that, Harry is a brother — a support system to his elder sibling William, as he is to him. Though that hasn’t been the case, recently.
Prince Harry opened up to Oprah like he never has to any public figure alongside his wife, Meghan Markle. Throughout the interview, the pair called out multiple discrepancies and injustices they encountered throughout their time as working royals. One thing that has constantly been at the centre of media scrutiny and falsities is his relationship with Prince William.
While there’s been no doubt that William and Harry have had somewhat of a strained relationship over the years, it seems Harry really wants that to change. Speaking to Oprah during the interview, he told her, “We have been though hell together. We are on different paths.” He continued, “The relationship is space at the moment — time heals all things, hopefully.”
The admission is similar to one he made just over a year earlier when journalist Tom Bradby asked Harry about his relationship with William in another revealing documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey. “The majority of the stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days,” he said at the time. Harry added that these days, the brothers are on “different paths” and “don’t see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy.” He added, “I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me.”
In his Oprah Interview, Harry also touched on a sensitive moment he had with his father, Prince Charles, as he tried to move away from the troubles of the royal family. Harry said he tried to talk it through with his grandmother the Queen as well as his father. But apparently, it was only after three conversations that Charles “stopped taking Harry’s calls,” he said. “Because by that point I took matters into my own hands. I’ve got to do something for my own mental health, for my wife’s, and for Archie as well,” he notes.
He added that he and his family continue to fear the British press and their ability to affect them mentally. “There was an opportunity, many opportunities, for my family to show support. No one from my family said anything,” Harry says.
Touching on his brother again in the interview, Harry commented that while he himself felt trapped, but escaped – William and indeed his father Charles cannot do the same. “I was trapped and I didn’t know I was trapped. My father and my brother, they are trapped, they don’t get to leave.” he told Oprah.
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