Through the JPMorgan AIS (Alternative Investment Summit) last February, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were able to make their first public appearance after stepping back from the royal life. And although Prince Harry talked about how hard it had been on both of them, he doesn’t regret the decision since he did it for the safety of his family.
Childhood Trauma Linked To The Prince
The sudden death of his mother, Princess Diana, has had a profound impact on Prince Harry’s life, and he opened up about it. He also mentioned how incidents from his childhood also affected him and how he’s been doing therapy to cope.
During his visit to Africa in October, Harry used the words “wound that festered” for his late mother. He shared that every time he sees the flash of a camera, it takes him two decades back, as it was the worst reminder of her mother’s life.
The Reality Of His Mental Health
Harry has vividly spoken about normalizing mental health issues these past few years and said that his unprocessed grief had a severe impact on his social and work life. Initially, he dealt with it by refusing to ever think about the loss of his mother as it was of no help.
However, when he turned 28 years old, he experienced two years of extreme chaos. He further added that with the support of his brother, Prince William, he saw a therapist to put his mind at ease. As he has now recovered, he will take his private life and work seriously and will move forward with his head up to make a difference.
One Step Back, Two Steps Forward
In a speech he did back in January, Harry also touched on the couple’s recent agreement with Queen Elizabeth about stepping back from being senior members of the royal family. It was heartbreaking for him to leave the crown for his family, and it took him a lot of time to make the decision.
Harry made it clear that he was not walking away, though. He wanted to continue his services for his country but without public funding. However, that was not possible due to the circumstances. Harry further commented that he took one first step back in the hope of moving forward towards a more peaceful life.
Finally, A Peaceful Start!
Throughout all the drama surrounding their decision, Harry and Meghan chose to reside in Vancouver Island, Canada, with their son Archie. They also planned to spend the summer in Los Angeles.
An insider spoke that they are looking forward to buying houses in both Canada as well as in Los Angeles. Currently, they are living a peaceful and calm life, enjoying long walks, yoga, and cooking together.