Former working royals Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle published a multi-part documentary project for mental health awareness on May 21, 2021. The film was produced in collaboration with Oprah Winfrey and was made available online.
The documentary special titled “The Me You Can’t See” was executive produced by Winfrey and Harry, and it features the two of them having a conversation about emotional well-being and mental health with a number of celebrity guests.
Although the series premiered not long after Meghan and Harry’s candid chat with Winfrey, the subject of mental health is one that is particularly close to Harry’s heart. Princess Diana, who passed away in 1997, was well-known for her outspokenness about mental health and was adored by the public for her open and honest dialogues about mental well-being.
In one of the clips from the program, Harry discussed the prejudice that his mother was subjected to when she was dating the Egyptian film mogul Dodi Fayed and makes a connection to his wife.
The statement was made in reference to the media’s portrayal of Harry’s relationship with Markle. “People would follow us, take pictures of us, pursue us, and disturb us.”
Harry then made a comparison between the hatred that Markle has faced and the prejudice that his mother and his mother’s Egyptian boyfriend Dodi Fayed experienced in the late 1990s.
He said that “history was repeating itself. If you want to speak about how the past keeps on repeating itself, they are not going to stop until she is gone.”
Meghan also said that after joining the royal family, her mental health began to deteriorate as a result of the culture and worries like as the ones mentioned before. She described her psychological condition as being “frightening.”
After seeing the tell-all special, in which Meghan and Harry for the first time explicitly challenged members of the royal family, Queen Elizabeth issued an official statement in response to allegations.
Queen stated in the statement that the whole royal family was “saddened to realize the full scope of how tough the previous few years have been for Harry and Meghan.”
“Even though some of the recollections may vary, the family takes all of them very seriously and will address them in private. Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be considered to be very valued members of the family.”