Prince Harry says he was so distraught over the death of his mother — Princess Diana — that he resorted to heavy drinking and taking drugs — including cocaine — to deal with all the grief.
His stunning admission on the show “60 Minutes”
Harry made the stunning admission to Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes” Sunday night as part of the Duke of Sussex’s media blitz for his controversial memoir, “Spare”.
Further on the show, host Anderson even asked Harry if he blamed the paparazzi for their alleged role in the 1997 car crash that claimed Diana’s life in Paris when he was only 12.
Harry responded, “Yeah, I mean, it was obvious to us as kids the British press’ part in our mother’s misery and I had a lot of anger inside of me that luckily, I never expressed to anybody.” He continued … “But I resorted to drinking heavily. Because I wanted to numb the feeling, or I wanted to distract myself from how … whatever I was thinking. And I would, you know, resort to drugs as well.”
His confession in his new memoir
He also admitted the same in his new memoir: he took cocaine aged 17 but said “it wasn’t very fun”, according to Sky News on Thursday.
“Of course, I had been taking cocaine at that time. At someone’s house, during a hunting weekend, I was offered a line, and since then, I had consumed some more,” Sky quoted him as saying in the book.
“It wasn’t very fun, and it didn’t make me feel especially happy as seems to happen to others, but it did make me feel different, and that was my main objective.”
“To feel. To be different. I was a 17-year-old willing to try almost anything that would alter the pre-established order.”
“At least, that’s what I was trying to convince myself of.”
There’s also a part of Spare where Harry recalls sharing a ‘spliff’ with his friends from Eton: “I knew this was bad behaviour. I knew it was wrong. My mates knew too. We talked about it often, while stoned, how stupid we were to be wasting an Eton education.”
By his own account, Harry had a hard-partying youth after losing his mother, Princess Diana, at a young age, and he credits his wife, Meghan, with helping to settle him down in his 30s.
As for the relationship between Harry and his immediate family, it seems fully ruptured. Harry says he would like to clear the air and resume a familial relationship, but based on the public allegations he’s made over the last 6 months, it seems like wishful thinking.
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