Harry won’t be ‘bullied into silence’ after feeling ‘trapped and controlled’

Prince Harry says he "won't be bullied into silence" after feeling "trapped and controlled" in a new series with Oprah Winfrey.

The Duke of Sussex opened up about his mental health and experience in the firm to the US host in the programme, The Me You Can't See.

The 36-year-old also accused the royal family of 'totally neglecting' his and wife Meghan Markle's requests for help after receiving abuse online while they were senior royals.

He claims that they were met with "total silence" and after spending years "trying to make it work" they had to leave.

Harry said in the show: "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 was never encouraged, about the talking of this kind of trauma but certainly now, I will never be bullied into silence."

He added that he had been living in a "bubble" within the royal family.

"I had become aware that I had been living in a bubble in this family, in this institution and I was sort of trapped in a thought process and mindset," he continued.

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Meghan, who Harry met and began dating in 2017, was when he realised he needed help with his mental health, the prince continues.

He admitted that he sought help because he knew he needed to to spend the rest of his life with her.

The prince also spoke the "trauma" he experienced when his mum, Princess Diana died, following a car crash in Paris in 1997 when he was just 12-years-old.

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"We would get followed, photographed, chased, harassed," Harry tells Oprah.

"The clicking of cameras and flashing of cameras made my blood boil, makes me angry and takes me back to what happened with my mum and what I experienced when I was a kid."

Referring to seeking help from The Firm for the treatment the Sussexes were receiving, he claimed: "I felt completely helpless, I thought my family would help but every single ask, request, warning, or whatever it is just got met with total silence or neglect."

"We spent four years trying to make it work, we did everything we possibly could to stay there continuing doing the role and the job but Meghan was struggling."

Meghan and Harry moved to the US with son Archie last year after announcing the decision to step down as senior royals.

Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.

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