Prince Harry admits using psychedelic drugs to cope with his mother Princess Diana's tragic death

Prince Harry admits using psychedelic drugs to cope with his mother Princess Diana's tragic death
Prince Harry talks about his past drug use during an interview with CBS 60 Minutes (@60Minutes/Twitter)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Grief-stricken Prince Harry admits to using psychedelic drugs to cope with the loss and "trauma" of his mom, Princess Diana. During CBS 60 MINUTES interview with Anderson Cooper, the Duke of Sussex spoke about his past drug use from magic mushrooms to cocaine amid the promotion of his upcoming memoir Spare. He credited the usage of these drugs as "medicine" for him after his mother's untimely death in 1997. The former Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris when Prince Harry was just 12 years old.

Prince Harry confesses in the interview that he struggled deeply to come to grips with her sudden passing. He further added that using psychedelics when he got older ultimately "cleared away the idea" that he needed to be sad to prove he "missed" his mom, reported Daily Mail. "I would never recommend people to do this recreationally," Prince Harry asserted in the one-hour tell-all interview.


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"But doing it with the right people if you are suffering from a huge amount of loss, grief or trauma, then these things have a way of working as a medicine." "For me, they cleared the windscreen, the windshield, the misery of loss. They cleared away this idea that I had in my head that ... I needed to cry to prove to my mother that I missed her. When in fact, all she wanted was for me to be happy," Harry stated.

The revelation was made in leaked passages of the Duke of Sussex's memoir, 'Spare' which is due to be released in the UK on January 10 but was accidentally sold early in Spain. The Duke explained he also sought help from a therapist seven years ago but ultimately decided to try psychedelics to help him grieve his beloved mother which actually helped him to see "the truth" and "redefine" reality, he wrote in the memoir, according to the source. Harry also admits to smoking cannabis and using cocaine as a teen, and claims he was once schooled by a member of the Royal Household staff over the potential use of illegal drugs. 

He added the incident took place during the late Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee in 2002 when he was 17 after a journalist had questioned his illicit habits. "Of course I had been doing cocaine around this time," he said. "At someone’s country house during a hunting weekend, I’d been offered a line, and I’d done a few more since. It wasn’t much fun, and it didn’t make me particularly happy, as it seemed to make everyone around me," reported the source. "But it did make me feel different, and that was the main goal. Feel. Different. I was a deeply unhappy 17-year-old willing to try almost anything that would alter the status quo. That was what I told myself anyway."

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