The Duke of Sussex also opened up about how his mother's death was still a festering wound in his candid interview for the new documentary, 'Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.'
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are done being silent spectators to the British tabloids' massacre of their public image. Having been constantly targetted since the day the couple made their relationship public, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are finally speaking out about the emotional anguish and mental stress inflicted upon them by certain media publications. Not long after issuing a statement condemning the constant criticism directed at Meghan and initiating legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday, the new parents addressed their internal turmoil in candid interviews with broadcaster Tom Bradby for their new documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.
Although Prince Harry did not directly call out the media in the interview, he did seem to make an obvious reference to recent events when he spoke of how he dealt with the pressures of life. According to a report by Daily Mail, describing his way of getting through it all as a matter of "constant management". He said, "I thought I was out of the woods and then suddenly it all came back, and this is something that I have to manage. Part of this job, and part of any job, like everybody, is putting on a brave face and turning a cheek to a lot of the stuff, but again, for me and again for my wife, of course there is a lot of stuff that hurts, especially when the majority of it is untrue."
"Every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back"— ITV News (@itvnews) October 17, 2019
Prince Harry tells ITV his grief for Diana is still a "wound that festers" and being followed by the press is the "worst reminder of her life" #HarryAndMeghan https://t.co/FEy37XVASW pic.twitter.com/0qUXeoOXWz
The father-of-one continued, "But all we need to do is focus on being real, and focus on being the people that we are, and standing up for what we believe in. I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum." The Prince made a similar reference to the media's relationship with his late mother Diana in the official statement he released earlier this month, saying, "My deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."
Speaking to Bradby, the 35-year-old also opened up about the "festering wound" left behind by his mother's tragic death. "I think being part of this family, in this role, in this job, every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash it takes me straight back, so in that respect it's the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best. My mum taught me a certain set of values that I will always try to uphold, despite the role and the job that sometimes that entails. I will always protect my family and now I have a family to protect," he said.
I sincerely hope the Prince Harry haters out there are watching ITV tonight. “I won’t play the game that killed my mother” is a very powerful statement. I keep saying it, he’s a good lad with a big heart. #HarryAndMeghan— Steve C (@StevieCummings) October 20, 2019
Prince Harry added, "So everything that she went through, and what happened to her, is incredibly important every single day, and that is not me being paranoid, that is just me not wanting a repeat of the past. If anybody else knew what I knew, be it a father or be it a husband, be it anyone, you would probably be doing exactly what I am doing as well." Meghan too opened up about the pressures of adapting to the royal way of life and the constant media scrutiny on her. The young mother revealed that she is "existing, not living" and that she's been struggling with her new life.
'My British friend said to me 'I'm sure he's great but you shouldn't do it''— ITV News (@itvnews) October 20, 2019
The Duchess of Sussex reveals she was warned not to marry Prince Harry because 'British tabloids will destroy your life' #HarryAndMeghan https://t.co/GWs5KfuovM pic.twitter.com/SmUl3ofSnd
"It's hard. I don't think anybody can understand that. In all fairness, I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand, but when I first met Harry, my friends were so excited, my US friends were happy because I was happy. But my British friends, they were sure he was lovely, but they said I shouldn't do it because 'the British tabloids will destroy your life.' Because I'm American I very naively didn't get it. It's complicated. I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair and that's the part that's really hard to reconcile. I've said for a long time to H – that's what I call him – it is not enough to just survive something. That's not the point of life. You've got to thrive and feel happy. I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried," she said.