Prince Harry has opened up about the “trauma” of losing his mother Princess Diana at an early age and his time serving in Afghanistan in his inspiring new five-part documentary Heart of Invictus.
The Netflix series spotlights the Invictus Games, an international multi-sport event created by the Prince in 2014 for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.
Filmmakers followed a range of Invictus competitors from across Europe and Asia, including servicemen and women from the ongoing war in Ukraine, as they prepared for last year’s event at The Hague.
Harry served as executive producer on the series and featured in a number of on-camera segments, while his wife Meghan Markle also made a few fleeting appearances.
In one of the documentary’s most heartfelt moments, the 38-year-old opens up about losing his mother at the age of 12.
“Losing my mum at such a young age, the trauma I had I was never aware of,” he revealed in the series.
“It was never discussed and I didn’t really talk about it and I suppressed it like most other youngsters would have done. When it all came fizzing out, I was bouncing off the walls – what is going on here? – I am now feeling everything instead of being young.”
The series was released globally on Netflix on Wednesday to positive critical reception, with some calling the project a return to form for Harry.
Harry also spoke about his mental health struggles following his service in Afghanistan and appeared to take another jab at the royal family for providing no “support structure”.
“The biggest struggle for me was no one around me really could help,” he said.
“I didn’t have that support structure, that network or that expert advice to identify what was actually going on with me.”
The Prince described the harrowing moment he saw the remains of fellow British soldiers as he was finishing his tour and returning to the UK.
“As we took off, the curtain in front of me blew open. And all you could see was the air hospital. Three young British soldiers all wrapped in plastic and their bodies in pieces.”
The new series is the Sussexes’ first project for the streaming giant since the release of the bombshell docu-series Harry & Meghan and is part of their five-year $100 million contract with Netflix.
Harry & Meghan was released in December and saw the couple tell the story of their relationship and life as working royals before they sensationally quit in 2020 and moved to California.