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Prince Harry And Robin Williams’ Son Open Up About Shared Experience Of Public Grief “It’s like… how are you grieving more for someone who was my parent and I’m unable to grieve myself?”

Prince Harry and Robin Williams’ son Zak have spoken of the difficulties of grieving a family member who was in the public eye.

The pair were speaking in “The Me You Can’t See: A Path Forward,” which was released on Apple TV in the early hours of Friday and followed the docuseries by Oprah Winfrey and Harry.

Robin Williams, the four-time Oscar winning actor, died by suicide in 2014.

Zak said: “From my end it was really hard to separate initially the process of privately grieving versus sharing the grieving with the general public.

“I really didn’t get a chance to really focus on the private grieving process until a year and a half after my dad passed away.”

Harry, whose mother Diana, Princess of Wales, died in 1997, said: “I think we have a lot of shared experience when you talk about that … when you see so many people around the world grieving for someone they feel as though they knew them better than you did in a weird way because you’re unable to grieve yourself.

“It’s like … how are you grieving more for someone who was my parent and I’m unable to grieve myself?”

The 90-minute show had experts from “The Me You Can’t See” advisory board further discussing issues raised during the five-part series on mental health.

Earlier in the docuseries, Harry said he was “somewhat ashamed” of the way he dealt with Meghan sharing her suicidal thoughts before a charity event at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2019.

Harry picked up on a point raised by Jo Robinson, head of suicide prevention research at Orygen, about the importance of talking openly about suicide and self-harm.

Such communication helps give voice to something that’s “terribly distressing and terribly frightening for them to talk about,” she said.

The duke said: “I think it’s so interesting because so many people are afraid of being on the receiving end of that conversation (about suicide) because they don’t feel as though they have the right tools to be able to give the right advice but what you’re saying is you’re there.

“Listen, because listening and being part of that conversation is, without a doubt, the best first step that you can take.”

Harry also told Oprah that he felt mental health and climate change were “two of the most pressing issues that we’re facing and, in many ways, they are linked.”

“The connecting line is about our collective well-being and when our collective well-being erodes, that affects our ability to be caretakers of ourselves, of our communities and of our planet ultimately,” the Duke of Sussex added.

“We have to create a more supportive culture for each other where challenges don’t have to live in the dark, where vulnerability is healthy and encouraged and, of course, where physical and mental health can be treated equally because they are one.”

Lady Gaga and Glenn Close also featured in the series, with Gaga discussing her serious mental health struggles after she was raped as a teenager.

Glenn returned for the conversation special and spoke about the impact of Covid-19 on her wellbeing.

She told Harry and Winfrey: “It has directly affected my mental health. It helped that I had a dog.

“I think – and I was thinking about this today – we have gone through an amazing, unprecedented time now. For me, I think it’s as big a shift in the world as 9/11 was.

“We now are in a transforming world. It will take us a while to be able to articulate to ourselves what the result of that has been on us as individuals.”

Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry are following up their mental health documentary series The Me You Can’t See with a town hall-style conversation special

BREAKING NEWS
Oprah Winfrey & Prince Harry To Host ‘The Me You Can’t See’ Follow-Up Town Hall Conversation On Apple

Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry are following up their mental health documentary series The Me You Can’t See with a town hall-style conversation special.

Apple TV+ will air The Me You Can’t See: A Path Forward, with series participants and experts, from May 28. The special will feature subjects and advisers from the five-part series, which launched on the streamer on May 21.

The pair will reunite with those who appeared in the series for a conversation about mental health and emotional well-being, and where we go from here. As the subjects offer further insight into their stories, experts share their guidance for continuing the global conversation.

The discussion, which is available for free, features Glenn Close, Mental Health Advocate and Speaker Zak Williams, and Author and OnTrack NY Peer Counselor Ambar Martinez, along with all members of The Me You Can’t See Advisory Board.

The Me You Can’t See: A Path Forward is produced by Harpo Productions. The executive producers are Terry Wood and Tara Montgomery as well as Winfrey and Prince Harry.

The Me You Can’t See, which was directed by Asif Kapadia and Dawn Porter, featured the likes of Close, Lady Gaga, Virginia “Ginny” Fuchs, Rashad Armstead and basketball stars DeMar DeRozan and Langston Galloway.

The Prince made headlines with the special, talking about his memories of his mother, particularly how she drove him and his brother William away from the paparazzi, and the experience of her funeral.

Apple claimed that the series has been the number one most watched program worldwide on AppleTV+ since its launch and that it drew 25% new viewers to the service and a more than 40% increase in average weekend viewership in the UK.

Meghan Markle Wrote a Children’s Book Inspired by Her Husband and Son’s Bond The Bench began as a poem Meghan wrote for Prince Harry on Father’s Day.

Meghan Markle Wrote a Children’s Book Inspired by Her Husband and Son’s Bond.
The Bench began as a poem Meghan wrote for Prince Harry on his first Father’s Day.Meghan Markle is the author of an upcoming children’s book inspired by Prince Harry and their son Archie, who was born in May 2019. Their daughter is expected to arrive this summer.The Bench, out on June 8, will explore the father-son bond seen through the eyes of a mother. The Bench “touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between fathers and sons and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family,” according to Penguin Random House.In a statement, Meghan revealed that the children’s book began as a poem she wrote for her husband on Father’s Day the month after their son Archie was born. “That poem became this story,” she said.While the book is inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s family, the illustrations—drawn by Caldecott Award-winning artist Christian Robinson—depict families of all backgrounds.”Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens,” Meghan said. “My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the make up, as much as it does with mine.”Meghan will also narrate the audiobook version, in case you want the Duchess of Sussex to read your children a bedtime story. The audiobook will be released in the U.S. and Canada through the Listening Library.The crossover is fitting, as reading books appears to be a part of the Sussex family’s routine. In an Instagram video, Meghan read Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal to her son. Oprah had gifted Archie that particular book when he was born—it came complete with an “Archie’s Book Club” sticker!

Prince Harry Says It Was An Argument With Meghan Markle That Prompted Him To Go To Therapy “To receive help is not a sign of weakness.”

Prince Harry Says It Was An Argument With Meghan Markle That Prompted Him To Go To Therapy
“To receive help is not a sign of weakness.”

Prince Harry is opening up once again about his mental health.

Since stepping down as senior royals last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not been shy about shedding light on their time in the royal family and the struggles they faced.

We all saw that tell-all interview with Oprah where the couple talked about their relationship with the royal family and the mental health issues they’d been through because of it.

Now, Prince Harry and Oprah have launched their new Apple TV+ series, The Me You Can’t See, which centers around mental health. The series features stories from known faces like Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, and DeMar DeRozan as well as revealing conversations with both Prince and Oprah.
The Duke of Sussex has previously revealed how he turned to drugs and alcohol after the death of his mother, suffering from panic attacks amid public appearances.

“Before I even left the house, I was pouring with sweat and my heart was racing. I was in the fight-or-flight mode. I would feel as though my body temperature was two or three degrees warmer than everybody else in the room.”

He also spoke about what prompted him to seek therapy, saying it took “meeting and being with Meghan” to get him to go.
“I knew that if I didn’t do the therapy and fix myself that I was going to lose this woman who I could see spending the rest of my life with.”

Prince Harry says he’s in a much better place now since seeking the help and stepping away from the royal family to focus on his life with Meghan and Archie.
“I’m now more comfortable in my own skin. I don’t get panic attacks. I have learned more about myself in the last four years than I have in the 32 years before that. I have my wife to thank for that.”

He went on to encourage people to seek help for their mental health saying, “To make that decision to receive help is not a sign of weakness. In today’s world, more than ever, it is a sign of strength.”

May has always been a special month in Duke and Duchess of Sussex World, due to the Harry and Meghan wedding anniversary and Archie birthday. However, this year May brought the extra sauce!!! So a little over halfway through and on the eve of Harry and Meghan anniversary, we recap this amazing month so far.

On May 4, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex announced her debut children’s book The Bench , illustrated by the very talented and impressive Christian Robinson. Not surprisingly, it quickly became a bestseller on multiple lists.

A few ingenious Sussex quads the tribal supporters of Harry and Meghan , created the sussexsquad book drive, with an independent bookseller to donate copies of The Bench and other lovely children’s titles to some selected organizations, with over 2200 books donated so far .

https://bookshop.org/lists/sussexsquadbookdrive-gift-a-copy-of-meghan-markle-s-the-bench

On May 6, Harry and Meghan marked Archie’s 2nd birthday with a cute photo and thank you to those making charitable donations in his honor, and announced a fundraiser they had set up in aid of vaccine Equity. The effort raised a whopping $3M!

Then came Saturday May 8 and the hugely successful VaxLive concert to unite the world co-chaired by Harry & Meghan, that raised over $302 M to procure 26M + vaccine doses, far surpassing VaxLive goal of 10M doses. You can watch the full concert here https://t.co/NzjvO07bea https://

May 9, Happy Mother’s Day !!
Archewell, together with Procter & Gamble fulfilled the supply wishlist of Harvest home, an organization that supports expectant mothers who are experiencing homelessness ❤️❤️The thoughtfulness of these initiatives is just wow!

On May 11, Archewell Foundation and Procter & Gamble announced a multi-year partnership to focus on building compassionate communities, through gender equality, creating more compassionate and inclusive online spaces, and resilience and impact through Para sports.The P&G partnership is a perfect fit, as P&G showed their willingness to NOT perpetuate gender stereotypes in their AD messaging, by changing the verbiage of their dish soap AD in response to a written request from 11yr old young activist Meghan Markle.

May 12: Lady Justice struts again!!
After a previously eager palace aide proclaimed “ I don’t own, nor have never claimed ownership of the letter. The letter is the Duchess’ only”, The daily mail was sent packing with a lunch of Ls and a side of extra costs for bad behavior 💥 .

Next, May 13: Prince Harry on Armchair experts. That impactful Mental Health conversation that in one fell swoop, left us inspired and wanting more, propelled ArmchairExpertpod into new markets and rendered some miserable islanders totally apoplectic 😂. Talk about military precision!!!

Monday, May 17 coming off the weekend and the momentous last week, the powerful and moving trailer of TheMeYouCantSee Oprah & Prince Harry’s Mental Health series is released. It PREMIERS THIS FRIDAY 🤗.

Before we enter the anniversary celebration mood,I would like to point out that Sussexbabyshower in aid of The Mission Continues, Homeboy Industries, Baby2Baby and The Loveland Foundation is still going on till May 31. There’s still time support.

May 19 Harry and Meghan 3rd wedding anniversary celebration

Now it’s 5 years together, 3 years married, one little boy and a little girl on the way!

Happy wedding anniversary

To Meghan:

When you walked yourself up those stairs in front of the world after the painful week that you had, I knew that you were going to be a true cultural icon.

I am so proud of you. I am so happy for your family. You are wonderful, Meg.

Prince Harry On Secretly Meeting Meghan Markle In A Supermarket And How She Feels About Princess Life Now. The Duke opened up about how he has grappled with the psychological toll of being a prince and Meghan’s impact on him

Prince Harry appeared as a guest on Dax Shepard’s new Armchair Expert podcast episode released today, where he opened up about his own mental health journey and life as a royal. He revealed it was Meghan Markle who encouraged him to go to therapy—and also shared the lengths they went to when they first started dating to meet up publicly in secret.

His interview offered a very candid look into his life as one of the world’s most famous princes and the psychological cost of that privilege and constant scrutiny. When Shepard asked what prompted Harry to go to therapy, he explained:

“It was a conversation that I had with my now wife [Meghan]. And she saw it. She saw it straight away. She could tell that I was hurting and that some of the stuff that was out of my control was making me really angry and it would make my blood boil. You have that fire. It’s not a temper, it’s a fire. I’ve never screamed. I’ve never shouted. For me, the best way of letting out the aggression is through boxing. But for me, prior to meeting Meghan, it was very much a case of certainly, connected to the media, that anger and frustration of this is so unjust. Not, by the way, just about me but all this stuff that I was seeing. Helplessness [that I feel], that’s my biggest Achilles heel. The three major times I felt completely helpless: one when I was a kid in the back of the car with my mum being chased by paparazzi, two was in Afghanistan in an Apache helicopter, and then the third one was with my wife. Those were the moments in my life where yeah, feeling helpless hurts. It really hurts”.

Harry spoke about how Meghan hadn’t expected she’d be able to live her life normally when she married him, of course.

“ButI think she said before she expected it to be fair [marrying into the royal family],” Harry told Shepard. He added that Meghan, now knowing the life of a royal, will say, “You don’t need to be a princess. You can create the life that will be better than any princess’.”

Harry said in his 20s, he felt he didn’t want to be a prince:

“In my early 20s, I was a case of just, “I don’t want this job. I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be doing this. Look what it did to my mum. How am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and a family when I know that it is going to happen again? Because I know—I’ve seen behind the curtain. I’ve seen the business model. I know how this operation runs and how it works. I don’t want to be part of this.” And then once I started doing therapy, suddenly it was like the bubble was burst. I plucked my head out of the sand and gave it a good shake off. And I was like, “Okay, you’re in this position of privilege. Stop complaining. Stop thinking you want something different. Make this different because you can’t get out. So how are you going to do this differently? How are you going to make your mum proud? How are you going to use this platform to really affect change and be able to give people that confidence to be able to change their own lives?” It was interesting because well, when I am looking back now—of course, at the time, the lack of awareness, now looking back at it, helping other people helped me”.

Harry also spoke about the lengths he and Meghan went when they first started dating to hide their relationship in England.

“The first time that Meghan and I met up for her to come and stay with me, we met up in a supermarket in London, pretending that we didn’t know each other, so we were texting each other from the other side of the aisles,” he said. “There were people looking at me, giving me all these weird looks and coming up to me and saying ‘hi’ or whatever. I was there, texting her, saying ‘is this the right one,’ and she said, ‘no, you want parchment paper,’ and ’I’m like, ‘okay, where’s the parchment paper?!’ So it was nice. I had a baseball cap on, looking down at the floor…trying to stay incognito.”

That experience has changed vastly since moving to Santa Barbara, Harry added: “Living here now, I can actually lift my head and actually I feel different. My shoulders have dropped. So have hers. I can walk around feeling a little more free. I get to take Archie on the back of my bicycle. I never had the chance to do that.”