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Queen won’t ‘slam door’ on Prince Harry over fears of ‘devastating consequences’
June 5, 2021
Her Majesty The Queen won't "slam the door in Prince Harry's face" over fears it could ultimately have "devastating consequences" on his mental health, a royal expert has said.
The Duke of Sussex has spoken publically on a number of occasions about his own and wife Meghan Markle's mental health, including in his new TV series on the topic with Oprah Winfrey called The Me You Can't See.
And now royal author Angela Levin, who has penned a biography on Harry, said she believes the Royal Family are aware of the impact freezing him out would have on the Duke.
Ms Levin tweeted: "My view is that Harry's family in London are very worried about his mental health and think slamming the royal door in his face could have devastating consequences."
The royal biographer was responding to reports the Duchess of Cambridge told friends before Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview that she did not think it was too late to "pull them back in".
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who quit royal duties last year for a new life in America – made a series of damaging claims about the monarchy during their bombshell interview with Oprah, which aired in March.
In the programme, the pair claimed royal aides declined to help former actress Meghan when she felt suicidal and said a relative had made a racist comment about their son's skin colour.
During an appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast last month Harry appeared to suggest Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip failed as parents to "break the cycle of genetic pain and suffering".
He also compared life as a member of the Royal Family to "a mixture between The Truman Show and being in a zoo".
In his doumentary series, the Duke accused the royals of "total neglect" and warned he would "never be bullied into silence'' in the future.
He also took another swipe at heir to the throne Charles's parenting, saying: "My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, 'Well it was like that for me so it's going to be like that for you.'
"That doesn't make sense.
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"Just because you suffered doesn't mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite – if you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, that you can make it right for your kids."
Harry also opened up on how the trauma of his mother Princess Diana's death caused him to suffer anxiety and severe panic attacks from ages 28 to 32.
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced on January 8 last year that they would step back from senior positions within the Firm following talks at Sandringham with Prince Charles, Prince William and the Queen.
Meghan and Harry have since relocated with their son Archie Harrison to California, having spent the intervening period living in Canada, in hopes of a more private lifestyle.