The Duke of Sussex has liked life in the royal family to a mix between being on The Truman Show and being in a zoo.
In a lengthy 90-minute interview, Prince Harry also appeared to criticize the way his father had raised him, emphasizing that he wanted to “break the cycle” of genetic pain and suffering.
Speaking to American actor Dax Shepard about his Armchair Expert PodcastHarry was promoting his new Apple TV + series on mental health, The Me You Can’t See, with Oprah Winfrey, which will launch next week.
He said that in his 20s he realized that he did not want the royal “job”, having seen what he did to his mother, Princess Diana. He said he had been forced to “smile and bear it” but added: “I have seen it behind the curtain, I have seen the business model, I know how this operation works and how it works. I don’t want to be a part of this.
“It’s a mix of being on The Truman Show and being at the zoo.”
The Truman Show is a 1998 film starring Jim Carrey that lampoons the reality TV industry.
Harry also recounted how therapy began after a conversation with his wife, Meghan, who “saw it right away.” “She could tell that I was suffering and that some of the things that were out of my control would make me very angry, make my blood boil.”
He said that therapy had helped him “get his head out of the sand” and made him realize that he needed to use his privileged position to help others.
Speaking of raising his son, Archie, and the daughter he and Meghan are expecting, he said he looked at “the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or parents had suffered.”
“It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that is passed on anyway,” he said, emphasizing that he did not want the same for his children.
About Prince Charles he said that “he started to rebuild everything and said: ‘Okay, this is where he went to school, this is what happened; I know a bit about his life, I also know that he is connected to his parents, so that means he treated me the way they treated him, which means how can I change that for my own children? ‘Well, here I am. “
He said Meghan had the “most amazing explanation: ‘You don’t need to be a princess, you can create the life that will be better than any princess’.”
When the podcast was released, it emerged that Madame Tussauds had removed the wax models of Harry and Meghan from other members of the House of Windsor and placed them in the Hollywood area of attraction among the wax figures of other celebrities.