Prince Harry confesses he was ‘afraid’ to come back to UK for Philip’s funeral

As he launches his new documentary series for Apple TV, Prince Harry has opened up about his fear of returning to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral.

"I was worried about it, I was afraid," he told co-host Oprah Winfrey in a promotional interview for mental health discussion programme The Me You Can’t See.

He says that coping skills he developed after an earlier traumatic funeral – the burial of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in September 1997 helped him get over his anxiety.

"It definitely made it a lot easier, but the heart still pounds," the Duke of Sussex said.

The Prince says that walking behind his mother’s cortege, aged just 12, is an experienced that has never left him.

“For me the thing I remember the most was the sound of the horses’ hooves going along the Mall,” he told Oprah.

“It was like I was outside of my body,” he added, “and just walking along doing what was expected of me.

He says he was showing “one tenth of the emotion that everybody else was showing” even though none of the other mourners even knew her and she was his mum.

Two thousand people attended the ceremony in Westminster Abbey, and an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide watched the event on TV, making it one of the most-watched television events in history.

In the interview, Prince Harry chats to Oprah about the struggles faced by people suffering from mental health issues, such as feeling “othered" and being described as ‘crazy’.

He also described how he remembers being in the car with his mother as she was chased by the paparazzi "every day until she died".

The new show invites guests such as and basketball player DeMar DeRozan, celebrity chef Rashad Armstead, flyweight boxing champion Ginny Fuchs and Oscar-winning singer Lady Gaga to talk through their traumas.

The Me You Can't See was released in full on Apple TV on May 21, 2021,

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