Harry confesses he ‘always wanted to be normal’ over ‘puzzling life as prince’
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The Duke of Sussex has said he "always wanted to be normal" and not be "Prince Harry".
In his new documentary 'The Me You Can’t See' on Apple TV Prince Harry and icon Oprah Winfrey look at mental health in the modern age and how everyone experiences trauma to some degree.
In the first episode released on Friday Harry candidly discussed his life as a child and how his mother's experiences around paparazzi made him want to just be "normal".
"I always wanted to be normal. As opposed to being Prince Harry, just being Harry. It was a puzzling life," he said.
He went on to say that life in the army made him feel 'more normal' while away from duties of the Royal Family.
In the documentary, he divulges the emotions and deep sadness he experienced when Princess Diana died and how it only cemented his wish to be normal.
"When my mum was taken away from me at the age of 12, just before my 13th birthday. I didn't want the life."
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Harry described growing up feeling helpless as his mother faced ever-increasing numbers of photographers and paparazzi following her every move.
"One of the feelings that comes up with me always is the helplessness. Being too young," he lamented
"Being a guy but being too young to be able to help a woman. In this case your mother. And that happened every single day."
On August 31, 1997 Princess Diana was killed when her car crashed in a tunnel in Paris, she was fleeing paparazzi after she dined in the Ritz with her friend Dodi Fayed.
Harry went on to say to Oprah: "I was so angry about what happened to her and the fact there was no justice."
He also spoke about attempts to get assistance from his family with the attacks the Prince and his wife Meghan Markle received online.
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He said: "Every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, to stop just got met with total silence or total neglect."
The series is made up of five episodes that explore mental health issues with singer Lady Gaga and actress Glen Close also opening up about their past traumas.
The documentary gives viewers a real sense of the difficulties he had to face as a young child.
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