Prince Harry is disregarding the consequences of attacks on his family, says royal biographer

·Royal Correspondent
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Prince Harry appears to "disregard" the consequences of his interviews, according to a royal biographer.

Harry, 36, has spoken again about his relationship with his family and his upbringing, in a series of mental health documentaries he helped produce for Apple TV.

The programmes follow a podcast with Dax Shepard, in which he said there was a cycle of pain and suffering in his family that he wanted to break, and an interview with Oprah Winfrey in which he said his father Prince Charles had cut him off financially and stopped taking his calls.

Sally Bedell Smith, who has written biographies on both Charles and Princess Diana, has drawn comparisons between Diana and Harry, saying he is echoing her.

Writing in The Times, Smith said: "In an echo of his mother, Harry repeatedly entwined the intimate details of his mental health struggles with attacks on his family."

She added: "Both mother and son appeared to disregard the hurtful consequences of their deeply personal assaults."

Smith also claimed that Harry's suggestion his father was unsympathetic to mental health struggles was "wide of the mark", saying Charles had sought help for Diana when she was showing symptoms of depression and anxiety in the early stages of their marriage.

She also said Charles saw the same therapist he introduced her to for 15 years.

Harry has drawn his own comparisons between his story and his mother's, saying he's "got a hell of a lot of my mum in me", and that he felt history was "repeating itself" when he started his relationship with Meghan Markle, now his wife.

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In one of the Apple TV documentaries, he said: "My mother was chased to her death while in a relationship with someone that wasn’t white.

"And now look what’s happened.

"You want to talk about history repeating itself.

"They won’t stop until she dies."

Harry's series, The Me You Can't See, was released the day after the Dyson investigation shared its report into the 1995 Panorama interview of Diana conducted by Martin Bashir, which concluded he used "deceitful" methods before the princess agreed to the interview.

Smith also compared mother and son in their attitudes toward the Royal Family. Diana told Bashir "I'll fight to the end", while Harry has said he felt "trapped" in the institution, and added that he would not be "bullied into silence". 

Harry said he felt as though the press would not stop until Meghan was dead. (Apple TV)
Harry said he felt like history was repeating itself. (Apple TV)

Harry said his CBS interview with Winfrey had been "compassionate" and he intended to keep the door open for reconciliation with his family.

However, it's previously been reported that when he was in the UK for his grandfather Prince Philip's funeral he had only a brief conversation with his brother William that broke the ice but did not resolve any issues between them.

Harry is next due in the UK on 1 July, when he and William are scheduled to unveil a statue of Diana in the sunken garden at Kensington Palace. 

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