Harry's live therapy session was like 'having sexual intercourse' on TV: Lady Colin Campbell
'It is as inappropriate to have a therapy session on television, just as it is to have sexual intercourse on television,' royal commentator Lady Colin Campbell said
A royal expert has brutally criticized Prince Harry for allowing the filming of his therapy session as part of his new five-part AppleTV+ docuseries ‘The Me You Can't See’ with Oprah Winfrey. Lady Colin Campbell -- author of ‘Meghan and Harry: The Real Story’ -- has slammed it as “inappropriate" and likened it to "having sexual intercourse on television.”
In an episode of the docuseries, the Duke of Sussex took part in a particular therapy he found really helpful in his case -- eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Reports said that he voluntarily allowed cameras to capture him as he underwent psychotherapy. Through the recorded session, the 36-year-old reportedly wanted his audience to understand how “mental wellness is an ongoing pursuit”.
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But Campbell did not buy it. The 71-year-old Jamaican-born British writer told Daily Star, “I also have grave reservations, as someone who has over the decades has had television people and writers wanting to do therapy on television on me and you know, I recoiled from things like that - it is inappropriate. It is as inappropriate to have a therapy session on television, just as it is to have sexual intercourse on television. Both of them are wildly inappropriate.”
She added, “They are private and there is no justification for having them on television, ever. It is a violation of not only the privacy of the person who is agreeing to it, it is just wrong in every way, shape or form. He had a therapy session on television. It is not appropriate. It’s not more appropriate to have a therapy session on television than it is to have sexual intercourse. The two things are equally private and also Harry shares rather too much.”
Earlier in May, the director of ‘The Me You Can't See’, Dawn Porter, revealed why the Duke of Sussex wanted to televise his therapy session. “He volunteered, he was game for trying something. And we thought well, we have the opportunity to film this [therapy] and maybe this is something that will work for some people, maybe it won't, but the idea is that you don't tick a box and you're done, mental wellness is an ongoing pursuit. You have to continue to try new things and to push yourself, and his volunteering to try something was a great way to emphasize and underscore that point,” Porter told Town and Country magazine.
In one episode of the series, Harry disclosed he first decided to undergo therapy after being traumatized by his mother’s death. Lady Diana died in 1997 when Harry was just 12. “EMDR is always something that I wanted to try and that was one of the varieties of different forms of healing or curing that I was willing to experiment with, and I never would have been open to that had I not put in the work and the therapy that I’ve done over the years,” the father-of-two told Winfrey in ‘The Me You Can't See’. Harry added that EMDR also helped him with his relationship with his wife Meghan Markle.