Prince Harry says 'growing up is depressing' but vows 'we're all in this together' after claiming Royals 'neglected' him

PRINCE Harry has said "growing up is depressing" but that "we are all in this together" in his latest rant about the Royal family.

The duke shared his fears over climate change and social media, after claiming his family "neglected him".

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He opened up to his pal Oprah Winfrey in a bonus episode of their Apple TV series The Me You Can’t See that screened overnight and spoke about his thoughts on the next generation.

Harry said: “You know, with kids growing up in today’s world, it’s pretty depressing right?

“Depending on where you live, your home country’s either on fire, it’s either underwater, your houses or forests are being flattened.

“Like, climate change is really playing a huge part of this as well as social media.

“I know lots of people out there are doing as best they can to try and fix these issues, but that whole sort of analogy of walking into the bathroom with a mop when the bath is over-flooding rather than just turning the tap off.

“Because we truly are all in this together.”

In the interview he launched a blistering attack on his family – and admitted to past drug use and booze binges to escape from his anguish.

He revealed he's been in therapy for "four or five years" and opened up about turning his back on Britain and his family to "break the cycle" of grief being passed down the generations.

"I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever, it is just got met with total silence, total neglect," 

He says that he's "learned" that families can "feel shame" when they hear about another member's mental health problems.

In the new episode, Harry says:

  • He 'loves to see' families 'thrive' as they discuss mental health – after revealing he was met with 'neglect' by Royals
  • That 'listening' can help people suffering from suicidal thoughts – after revealing wife Meghan considered taking her own life
  • He has a 'shared experience' with Robin Williams' son as they both saw 'people grieving more' for their parents than they could
  • That climate change and mental health are 'linked'

Harry, who runs sustainable tourism company Travalyst, said: “Are we supposed to accept that these problems are just gonna grow and grow and grow?

"That we’re going to have to adapt to them and build the resilience amongst the next generation and the next generation and the next generation?

"Or is there really a moment where we can actually look at each other and look at ourselves and go, ‘We need to do better about stopping or allowing the things that are causing so much harm to so many of us at the source. Rather than being distracted by the symptom?'”

On A Path Forward, which featured Harry and co-producer Oprah in a town-hall set up, they discussed the making of their mental health series.

You know, with kids growing up in today’s world, it’s pretty depressing

Speaking to actress Glenn Close, Harry, 36, told of his experience with "parents" and "siblings" when it comes to opening up about mental health.

He said: "As parents, as siblings, certainly from what I've learned – there's an element of shame we feel, because we're like, 'How could we not have seen it?'"

"How did we not know? How did you not feel comfortable enough to come to me and share that with me?

"But we all know when people are suffering and people are struggling, that we're all incredibly good at covering it up for those that know that we're covering it up."

Harry also said he "loves to see" when families "thrive" as they discuss mental health – after describing how he was met with silence by the Royals.

He also spoke about how listening helped with Meghan Markle's battle against suicidal thoughts.

Harry said: "So many people are afraid of being on the receiving end of that conversation [from a suicidal person] because they don't feel like they have the right tools to give the right advice.

"But what you want to say is 'You're there'. Listen, because listening and being part of that conversation is without doubt the best first step that you can take."

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