Prince Harry compared royal life to The Truman Show.
On Thursday, May 13, Harry sat down with Dax Shepard for an episode of the actor’s Armchair Expert podcast. During the conversation, the Duke of Sussex spoke candidly about his experience in the royal spotlight.
Harry described his upbringing as a member of the British Royal Family as “a mix between the Truman Show and being in a zoo”. The 1998 meta starred Jim Carrey as a man who didn’t know he was the star of a reality show hidden about his life.
Harry revealed that he started to question his role as a royal in his early 20s. Her staff apparently told her to “keep going” and smile through her problems. He even referred to the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997 in a car crash after being chased by paparazzi.
“I don’t want this job, I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to do this. Look what it did to my mom, ”Harry shared. “How am I going to settle down and have a wife and a family, when I know it’s going to happen again? Because I know. I’ve seen behind the curtain. I’ve seen the business model. I know how. this operation and how it works. I don’t want to be a part of it. “
Harry said the biggest problem for the royals is the fact that they “inherit every element with no choice.” It was only after meeting and then marrying Meghan Markle and undergoing therapy that he realized he had to escape the royal lifestyle.
He revealed that there were three times in his life he felt completely helpless: when he was a kid in the car with his mother while they were being chased by paparazzi, when he was in Afghanistan flying in an Apache helicopter. , and a time when he was with his wife. “These are the times in my life when, yes, feeling helpless hurts. It really hurts, ”he admitted.
Although he had the privilege, the platform and the influence, he could not change his royal line. Once he realized that “that’s when [started] take a toll. “
“I pulled my head out of the sand and gave it a good shake,” Harry explained. “I was like, ‘Okay. You are in this position of privilege, stop complaining or stop thinking like you want something different. it’s different, because you can’t go out. How are you going to do this differently? How are you going to make your mom proud? How are you going to use this platform to really make a difference and be able to give people that confidence to be able to change their own lives? ‘”
Thankfully, while the paparazzi are still a problem, life has become more ‘normal’ for Harry, Meghan and their growing family since moving to California.