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Prince Harry's new life as a "woke lecturing celebrity" is proving "too much for him," a royal author has claimed.
In recent months, the Duke of Sussex, 36, has spoken candidly of his struggles with royal life and the death of his mum Princess Diana in two TV interviews.
After shocking the world with his and wife Meghan's explosive interview with chat show icon Oprah Winfrey in March, the prince followed that up by opening up about the trauma he endured after Diana was killed in car crash in Paris in 1997.
In The Me You Can't See, Harry, who quit royal life and moved to the US last year, revealed he turned to booze and drugs to "mask" the pain of her loss.
"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," he said.
“But I slowly became aware that, okay, I wasn’t drinking Monday to Friday, but I would probably drink a week’s worth in one day on a Friday or a Saturday night.
“And I would find myself drinking, not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something.”
But royal biographer Angela Levin fears the pressure of Harry's newfound celebrity status is starting to take its toll.
“How dreadful if Harry constantly thinks that he will lose Meghan like he did Diana and blames racism," she tweeted.
"Plus can’t get rid of M’s threat to … suicide.
"His life sounds too much for him and he should back away from being a woke lecturing celebrity."
Meghan and Harry 'Find Freedom'
Harry's representatives have been contacted for comment.
During the first episode of the new AppleTV+ docuseries, the Duke accused the Royal Family of showing "total neglect" for his wellbeing.
He also claimed his wife Meghan cried into a pillow after allegedly being "smeared" by "the Firm".
In the bombshell chat, he admitted to being in therapy for "four or five years" and how he quit the UK and walk away from his relatives to “break the cycle” of grief being passed down the generations.
Harry also revealed, Meghan, 39, told him she considered suicide in January 2918 as they got ready to attend a charity event at the Royal Albert Hall.
“It’s incredibly triggering to potentially lose another woman in my life,” he told Oprah.
“My biggest regret is not making more of a stance earlier on in my relationship with my wife and calling out racism than when I did,” he added.
“My mother was chased to her death while she was in a relationship with someone who wasn’t white. And now look what’s happened.”
Diana’s former lover, Dodi Fayed, was also killed died in the car crash in Paris.
“You want to talk about history repeating itself? They’re not going to stop until she [Meghan] dies,” he said.
Harry also said he felt "ashamed" by how he responded to his then-pregnant wife after she revealed "the practicalities of how she was going to end her life."
"She hadn’t lost it, she wasn’t ‘crazy’, she wasn’t self-medicating, be it through pills or through alcohol," he said.
"She was absolutely sober. She was completely sane."
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