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  • Prince Harry blasted his father, Prince Charles, in an interview Friday, saying he was handed down a “cycle” of “genetic pain and suffering.”
  • Speaking on Hollywood actor Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast, the Duke of Sussex revealed he debated leaving his royal duties since his early twenties because of the way Prince Charles treated his mother, Princess Diana.
  • Harry told Shepard the move has given him a sense of freedom and the opportunity to raise his son Archie in a way the two year old could not have experienced in the royal spotlight.

Prince Harry blasted his father, Prince Charles, in an interview Thursday, saying he was handed down a “cycle” of “genetic pain and suffering.” 

Speaking on Hollywood actor Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast, the Duke of Sussex revealed he debated leaving his royal duties since his early twenties because of the way Prince Charles treated his mother, Princess Diana, Page Six reported

Prince Harry and Meghan Markel

“It’s the job, right? Grin and bear it. Get on with it,” Harry said. “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?’”

Prince Harry maintained that his father treated his son the same way he had been treated, adding, “It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed along anyway.” 

“So we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say, ‘You know what? That happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you,’” Harry added. 


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The 36-year-old, who moved to Canada and then California with his wife, the actress born Meghan Markel, told Shepard the move was a family health decision — despite arguments that it was due to persuasion by the former "Suits" star. Markel assured her husband that she didn’t “need to be a princess,” according to Harry. 

“And here I am. I moved my whole family to the U.S.; that wasn’t the plan but sometimes you’ve got to make decisions and put your family first and put your mental health first,” he said.

Harry told Shepard the move has given him a sense of freedom and the opportunity to raise his son Archie in a way the two-year-old could not have experienced in the royal spotlight, according to Page Six. 

“So living here now I can actually lift my head and I feel different,” he said. “My shoulders have dropped, so have hers, you can walk around feeling a little bit more free, I can take [2-year-old son] Archie on the back of my bicycle; I would never have had the chance to do that.”


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Published on May 14, 2021