Prince Harry says he was ‘willing to take drugs’ to overcome grief of Diana’s death

Prince Harry reacts to BBC's Panorama report

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He made the comments during an interview with Oprah Winfrey for the Apple TV series ‘The Me You Can’t See’. The series explores issues of mental health and includes contributions from Lady Gaga and Glenn Close. The Duke of Sussex was just 12 years old in August 1997 when his mother tragically died in a car accident in Paris while being chased by the paparazzi.

Harry described going through a very rough patch between the ages of 28 and 32 and said he was “willing to drink…willing to take drugs” to cope with his trauma.

“I was just all over the place mentally,” he said.

“Every time I put a suit on and tie on…having to do the role, and go, ‘right, game face,’ look in the mirror and say, ‘let’s go’.

“Before I even left the house I was pouring with sweat.

“I was in fight or flight mode.”

He added: “I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling.”

The Duke described binge drinking on weekends, recalling how he drank a week’s worth of alcohol in just two days.

He said he did it not for enjoyment’s sake but “to mask something”.

The Prince made headlines again this week after calling the US First Amendment “bonkers”.

He made the comment chatting to Dax Shepard and co-host Monica Padman on the Armchair Expert podcast.

The US First Amendment protects freedom of speech, the press and assembly among other things.

However, Harry admitted to his podcast hosts that he found aspects of it perplexing.

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