Prince Harry has bared his soul and allowed cameras to film him undergoing an ‘extraordinary’ therapy session, during which he received treatment for anxiety attacks he said are triggered every time he flies into Britain.
The Duke of Sussex closed his eyes and tapped his chest during ‘eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing’ (EMDr) treatment that he told viewers was to cope with the trauma of feeling ‘hunted’ while on UK soil.
Harry said in his new mental health documentary series with Oprah Winfrey that he has ‘always felt worried’ for most of his life when he flies back to London, but only became aware of this after doing therapy.
Appearing on Apple TV’s The Me You Can’t See, Harry told how he remembered ‘everything felt tense’ when he travelled to London ‘because of what happened to my mum, and because of what I experienced and what I saw’.
The Duke, who co-created the documentary, has addressed traumatic memories from his childhood, including the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, and the impact of social media on him as well as his wife Meghan.
He was filmed having EMDR therapy, which aims to help someone come to terms with trauma. This saw Harry carry out a series of movements such as closing his eyes and crossing his arms while remembering past events.
But royal biographer Angela Levin, author of Harry: Conversations With The Prince, tweeted: ‘I felt watching Harry during his therapy session was a huge invasion of his privacy. Extraordinary that he allowed that to happen.’
Therapy expert Frank Furedi said: ‘Harry may have few equals as a one-man advertisement for the therapy industry, but he is more than just an enthusiastic convert, or run of the mill celebrity aristocrat, who has seen the light.
Mr Furedi told the Telegraph: ‘Through his recent interviews, he has succeeded in crafting a unique brand for himself, personifying the perfect synthesis of the status of a celebrity with that of a victim.’
The Duke, who now lives in an £11million mansion in Montecito, California, carried out the therapy via videolink with Sanja Oakley, a UK-based psychotherapist who used to be a trauma specialist for London Underground.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Mark Duell