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Prince Harry heartbreak: How ‘disengaged’ Harry is still suffering from ‘festering wound’

Prince Harry will soon leave his working role with the Royal Family to carve out a new role for himself, his wife Meghan Markle and son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke of Sussex has publicly spoken about how his role in the spotlight has affected his mental health in the past, and how he does not wish this for his new family.

And at a recent speech for a JPMorgan conference in the US, Harry revealed he is in therapy to attempt to manage his trauma.

A source told the New York Post: “Harry spoke about mental health and how he has been in therapy for the past few years to try to overcome the trauma of losing his mother.

“He talked about how the events of his childhood affected him and that he has been talking to a mental health professional.

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“Harry also touched on Megxit, saying while it has been very difficult on him and Meghan, he does not regret their decision to step down as senior royals because he wants to protect his family.”

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He added: “He does not want Meghan and their son Archie to go through what he did as a child.”

Prince Harry has previously spoken about how feels significant pressure from being a member of the royal family in the spotlight.

And he also revealed how this pressure reminds him of his mother Princess Diana, who tragically died in a car crash in 1997 after the car she was travelling in was being hounded by paparazzi.

Speaking last year, he said: “I think probably a wound that festers. I think being part of this family, in this role, in this job, every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back, so in that respect it’s the worst reminder of her life, as opposed to the best.”

Express.co.uk spoke to psychotherapist and hypnotherapy expert Nick Davies, who analysed Prince Harry and his brother’s body language.

The trauma psychotherapist said he was struck by the body language indicators the royal princes exhibited when they discussed their mother and her sudden and tragic death.

He said: “When you are talking about something that has happened which you have processed correctly, you will be able to have a normal conversation where you maintain eye contact

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“But what I have seen with William and Harry is that when they access the emotion, their eyes move down to the bottom-right and that means they are accessing the emotional part of the brain.

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“Also, I can see when they talk, they tend to take a deep breath and look down, disengaging for a moment, which is a key sign from their body language that they are still suffering with sadness coming into their bodies.”

When speaking publicly about the couple’s decision to move away from royal life, Prince Harry said he was “taking a leap of faith”, adding he felt “there really was no other option.”

Mr Davies has said, however, that Harry is likely to repeat this pattern and need another big change in the future because he will once again face his inexplicable and insurmountable grief.

The psychotherapist said: “There is a phrase a philosopher once used and this is the problem, wherever you go, there you are.”

“So Harry encountered his trauma and there it was, so he has decided to leave.

“But it will probably be another 18 months and then it will pop up again, so they might have another move, but then it could happen again and again.”

Mr Davies explained that the method Prince Harry may be using in his therapy are reinforcing memories, which he says is not effective for those who have suffered trauma.

“So if we talk about something over and over again it reinforces that memory and this is why counselling is not great for trauma and some things that you want to process.

“It is good for initial grief but not afterwards, it is not good.

“For Prince Harry this means he cannot get away from this trauma and he keeps talking about it, reinforcing all these memories, which is probably keeping him awake at night.”


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