Oprah opens up on Prince Harry's royal jabs: 'Don't know if it helps'

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Oprah Winfrey has spoken out about her new documentary she created and produced with Prince Harry, saying while it may not mend his relationship with the royal family, his comments could help someone struggling with their own mental health.

During the five-part documentary, called The Me You Can’t See, Prince Harry accused the royal family of ‘total neglect’ and "bullying him into silence".

Oprah Winfrey in The Me You Can't See
Oprah Winfrey has opened up about her documentary with Prince Harry. Photo: Apple TV+

Now, Oprah has broken her silence on the doco, while appearing on her friend Gayle King’s show This Morning on CBS.

"I don't know if it helps with the royal family,” Oprah said.

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"But this is what I do know, is that being able to express your own personal truth in a way that benefits you and also helps other people to see the truth in themselves, which is the reason why Harry agreed to have the sit-down and have the conversation - the first interview that went around the world.

"He knows that by sharing the story of his own grief with his mother, that many other people who haven't processed their grief will say, 'Oh, you know what? That's what's going on with me, too'."

As well as opening up about the traumatic memories from his childhood in the documentary, the Duke of Sussex said he and wife Meghan "spent four years trying to make it work" before deciding to step down as senior royals and move to the US.

Prince Harry in The Me You Can't See
Prince Harry accussed the royal family of 'neglect' in the documentary. Photo: Apple TV+

“Every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, to stop just got met with total silence or total neglect,” he said, of flagging the level of harassment they were receiving on social media with his family.

“We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job.”

The prince again called out his father, Prince Charles, slamming him for not breaking the chain of past trauma he experienced when he was a child.

"My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, ‘Well it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you,'" Harry said.

"That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite - if you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, that you can make it right for your kids."

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