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Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, recently opened up about his mental health and royal family life, which he described as "a mix between The Truman Show and being in a zoo."
In a new, very candid interview with Dax Shepard for the actor's Armchair Expert podcast, Harry discussed a range of topics, from the early days of his relationship with his now wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to the reasons he wanted to step back from royal life long before he met her, in his early 20s. Ahead, some highlights from the interview, which you can listen to in full here.
On his first covert meetup with Meghan in London …
"The first time that Meghan and I met up for her to come and stay with me, we met up in a supermarket in London, pretending that we didn't know each other. We're texting each other from the other side of the aisles. There are people looking at me, giving me all these weird looks, and coming up to me and saying hi. I had baseball cap on, looking down at the floor, trying to stay incognito. It's amazing how much chewing gum you see, it's a mess!"
On why Princess Diana's death made him want to step back from royal life in his early 20s …
"It's the job, right? Grin and bear it. Get on with it. I was in my early 20s and I was thinking I don't want this job, I don't want to be here. I don't want to be doing this. Look what it did to my mum. How am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and family, when I know it's going to happen again?"
On starting therapy and how it changed his perspective …
"Once I started doing therapy, it was like the bubble was burst. I plucked my head out of the sand and gave it a good shake off and I was like, 'You're in this position of privilege, stop complaining and stop thinking you want something different—make this different, because you can't get out. How are you going to do these things differently? How are you going to make your mum proud and use this platform to really affect change?'"
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