Prince Harry opens up about why he stepped away from the royal family

Published 27 Feb, 2021 01:34pm

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The Crown is loosely based on the truth, he tells James Corden.

After Prince Harry and Meghan stepped away as working members of the royal family in a bid to secure privacy for themselves and their son, many took to social media to discuss, debate and gossip.

However, in a recent interview with James Corden for The Late Late Show, Prince Harry revealed that the duo made the decision to step back after their mental health was "destroyed" by "toxic" media attention.

This revelation came after Buckingham Palace formally announced that the couple would not be resuming responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service, and would be stepping away from the work of the royal family.

"We all know what the British press can be like, and it was destroying my mental health. I was like, This is toxic. So I did what any husband and any father would do — I was like, I need to get my family out of here," he said.

"But we never walked away," he added. "As far as I'm concerned, whatever decisions are made on that side, I will never walk away. I will always be contributing."

Harry said his life is always going to be about public service. "And Meghan signed up to that. The two of us enjoy doing that — trying to bring some compassion and trying to make people happy, and trying to change the world in whatever small way we can."

Speaking about how he first met his wife, the youngest prince then admitted "it wasn't more about where we went but how we hit it off. We were just so comfortable with each other's company."

He also spoke about all the ways being with a companion to a royal prince was different from others.

"Being with me or any other member of the royal family, things flip upside down. All the dates become dinners or watching TV or chatting at home. Then when you become a couple, then you can venture out in public to cinemas and everything else — so everything was done back to front for us."

Finally, speaking about The Crown and admitted that while it was fiction "it was loosely based on the truth."

The couple is expecting their second child soon.

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