Is this the real reason behind Prince Harry's decision to step away from royal family?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and his wife, Duchess Meghan, revealed earlier this month that they would be stepping down from their roles as ‘senior’ members of the royal family.

  • The surprise announcement was followed by a lot of speculation surrounding their new life and the possible reasons behind their split from the royal family.
  • Now, Prince Harry has reportedly admitted in a speech that the real reason he stepped down is because he's in therapy.
  • This follows royal news that the royal family will be featured in a new TV show and Prince George will be the main character.

Prince Harry and Meghan returned to the UK last week for the first time since announcing they are stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.

Prior to the visit, Harry made a speech for JP Morgan in Miami and reportedly revealed he is in therapy to help him cope with his mother, Princess Diana's death.

A source told the New York Post: 'Harry spoke about mental health and how he has been in therapy for the past few years to try to overcome the trauma of losing his mother.

'He talked about how the events of his childhood affected him and that he has been talking to a mental health professional.

'Harry also touched on Megxit, saying while it has been very difficult on him and Meghan, he does not regret their decision to step down as senior royals because he wants to protect his family.

'He does not want Meghan and their son Archie to go through what he did as a child.'

This comes after the dad sat down with Dr Jane Goodall at their Windsor home for a Vogue interview, not long after little Archie was born.

Following their announcement that they would be stepping down, Dr Jane revealed to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the news didn’t come as a surprise to her, as Harry had told her he "felt constrained" and "desperately wants little Archie to grow up away from all the pomp and royalty".

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She said, “Well it doesn't surprise me, having met them both. I know that Prince Harry really felt constrained and he desperately wants little Archie to grow up away from all the pomp and royalty, I know that. I haven't been in the UK. I haven't really followed the news... I had no idea that anything like this was going to happen.

"I just think he's a wonderful, wonderful person and we had a great interview ... and I gather that Meghan wanted to interview me and he said, 'No, I'm going to interview Jane.'"

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Dr Jane is not the first public figure to come out in support for Meghan and Harry’s decision.

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Oprah recently told TMZ, "I support them 1,000 percent. You know why I support them? I support them because I believe, when you have thought about this as long as they have - and even in the Queen's statement [she] says, 'This has been going on for months' these discussions have been going on for months.

"And when Harry said in that charity statement the other day [that] he had to make the decision to move forward in peace with his new family, who doesn't feel what that takes to make that decision to give up everything you've known your whole life to say I'm going to choose this new life or what I believe to be the truest vision for myself?"

Mariana Cerqueira

Mariana is the managing editor of woman&home. She has previously worked for lifestyle titles including GoodtoKnow covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle - from the Royal Family, beauty and fashion to wellness and travel. She was nominated for AOP Digital Journalist of the Year in 2020, and for New Digital Talent of the Year at the 2016 PPA Digital Awards. She’s mildly obsessed with TV (reality TV shows included) and spends far too much time planning her next trip away.