Prince Harry gets candid about his mental health, says 'therapy burst the bubble' and 'opened his eyes'
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: The Duke of Sussex reportedly got candid about his mental health and revealed that therapy helped him realize that he had the ability to decide how to live his life after leaving the royal family. The Duke of Sussex surprisingly showed up at the Masters of Scale Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday night, October 19, and said, "The moment I started doing therapy, it opened my eyes. I was moving through life thinking there was only one way to live. And therapy burst that bubble."
The Alfred P Sloan Foundation's vice president and program director Doron Weber stating Harry's remarks tweeted, "Prince Harry says growing up in the royal family & then spending 10 years in the military, he never heard the words “therapy” or “coaching. Then the blinkers came off and his life changed," reports Page Six.
Prince Harry says growing up in the royal family & then spending 10 years in the military, he never heard the words “therapy” or “coaching. Then the blinkers came off and his life changed. w @Arobichaux of @BetterUp & @reidhoffman @mastersofscale pic.twitter.com/OD4veku8yE— Doron Weber (@DoronWeber) October 20, 2022
While openly speaking at the Masters of Scale Summit, Prince Harry said, "Then when I found my way to coaching, the next bubble burst, and all of a sudden I realized that now I have perspective and a great understanding of my value. I regained confidence that I never thought I had."
BetterUp CEO Alexi Robichaux, the company's chief impact officer, joined Harry to discuss the importance of coaching. Robichaux said, "At BetterUp, we are trying to make coaching not something you go to, but something that is your go-to. It should be constantly happening, and we are redesigning technology to increase this type of coaching at a global scale."
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have always been outspoken about the value of mental health. The former royal revealed in 2017 how deeply Princess Diana's passing affected him. "I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well," Harry once told the Telegraph. And Meghan admitted in 2021 that she had suicidal thoughts after joining the royal family, adding that Buckingham Palace ignored her pleas for help and support. She shared with Oprah Winfrey during her bombshell interview in March 2021, "I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. I can’t be left alone," as per Page Six.
The 38-year-old Duke of Sussex revealed that he and his wife have three "emotional support dogs" during a conversation with the Inspirational WellChild Award winners on Monday, October 10, Page Six reported. On World Mental Health Day, Harry spoke to one of the winning families via video conference while they had their own dog by their side. Harry said, "I'll tell you what, we all need a dog that keeps us calm." "I’ve got three in this house now, so we basically have five children," he continued, referring to his two children he shares with Meghan, son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet, 1.