Prince Harry's latest documentary just 'another whinge', therapy session 'little bit phoney' - expert

Prince Harry's latest comments about being neglected by the royal family is just "another whinge" from the royal renegade, according to an expert.

The Me You Can't See, a documentary series hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, debuted on Apple TV+ on Friday, featuring the hosts and other famous figures discussing their mental health and experiences with trauma. 

The prince spoke about the impact of Princess Diana's death and how he sees echoes of his mother's experience with the press in the media's treatment of his wife Meghan Markle. 

"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 told Winfrey.

"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 documentary, Prince Harry lashes out yet again at Prince Charles - who he criticised in his interview with Winfrey earlier this year - saying that in the aftermath of his mother's death, his father said he needed to get used to media attention. 

"That doesn't make sense. Just because you suffered, it doesn't mean that your kids have to suffer. In fact, quite the opposite. If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that any negative experiences you had, you can make it right for your kids."

He said he "felt completely helpless" over his last few years in the United Kingdom as he says the press bombarded him and Meghan. 

"I thought my family would help. But every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence or total neglect."

Those comments are very similar to remarks from Harry and Meghan during their sit-down with Winfrey in March. During that interview, they claimed Meghan had little support when she felt suicidal. Prince Harry also said he felt let down by his father, who stopped taking his calls at the start of 2020.

Harry's latest documentary is being dismissed as just "another whinge" from the royal renegade who left the UK with Meghan last year for independence from the royal family. While the couple spoke about their desire for privacy and less scrutiny in the media at the time, they have since done several interviews and television appearances since arriving in the US.

"The royals will be dismayed and Charles and William will be tearing out what's left of their hair," royal expert Phil Dampier told The Sun.

"It just seems to be another day and another whinge. We need to be respectful of Harry's mental health, of course, but you do wonder - when he is going to stop?

"How much longer he can do this for?"

At one point in the documentary, Prince Harry is filmed speaking to a therapist and undergoing a type of therapy called Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It was developed to lessen the distress of traumatic memories, but there's little evidence it works.

Prince Harry undergoing EMDR therapy in The Me You Can’t See.
Prince Harry undergoing EMDR therapy in The Me You Can’t See. Photo credit: Apple.

Royal biographer Angela Levin told ITV's Good Morning Britain that she had sympathy for Prince Harry, but also supported Prince Charles. 

"Harry seems to be stuck in this and some of the things he said about his father, for example... that he didn't have it very good as a child, therefore Harry and William must have it too," she said.

"I find that extremely hard to believe because Prince Charles did his absolute best. Maybe he wasn't the best parent but I don't know many people who are perfect parents."

She said it was "very cringing" to be "invading this therapy session". 

"I watched it all and I felt so embarrassed that he would go through this, those gestures he had to make and what he said. It looked both embarrassing and a little bit phoney."