Prince Harry has accused the royal family of "total neglect" and "bullying him into silence" during the first three episodes of his new Apple TV documentary series with Oprah Winfrey.
As well as opening up about the traumatic memories from his childhood, 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.
“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.”
Prince Harry makes shock Charles claim
In another explosive moment during The Me You Can’t See on Apple TV, Harry spoke about his struggles with mental health and his family's attitude towards the topic, particularly in the period after his mother, Prince Diana's death.
He told co-presenter Oprah that his family had not spoken about her death and apparently expected him to deal with the press storm that followed.
"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."
Harry won't be 'bullied into silence'
He claims he was told if he "played the game" life would be easier, but as Meghan started to deal with her own suicidal thoughts, he said he realised he was also too ashamed to go to his family for help.
"That was one of the biggest reasons to leave, feeling trapped and feeling controlled through fear, both by the media and by the system itself which never encouraged the talking about this kind of trauma," he said.
"Certainly now I will never be bullied into silence."
Prince Harry blasts Charles
In a previous interview on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, the Duke of Sussex had already blasted his father Charles, saying he felt his father handed down a "cycle of genetic pain and suffering" to him.
"I never saw it, I never knew about it, and then suddenly I started to piece it together and go, ‘OK, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened, I know this about his life, I also know that is connected to his parents so that means he’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids?'" he told Dax.
"And here I am, I moved my whole family to the US, that wasn’t the plan but sometimes you’ve got to make decisions and put your family first and put your mental health first."
Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.
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