Prince Harry admits royal life is ‘puzzling’ and he just wanted to be ‘normal’

Prince Harry has shared how he found life as a prince is “puzzling” and how he always wanted to be “normal”, in his latest interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Duke of Sussex opened up about his struggles in life to Oprah on their new Apple TV documentary series called The Me You Can’t See.

In the first episode, which was released on Friday, the 36-year-old told the presenter how the treatment Princess Diana received from paparazzi had him craving a normal life.

He said: “I always wanted to be normal. As opposed to being Prince Harry, just being Harry.

“It was a puzzling life.”

And his yearning for a normal life led to his 10 years’ service in the Armed Forces being labelled the “happiest times of my life”.

Prince Harry Afghanistan
Prince Harry enjoyed being treated like a normal person in the army

He described the sense of satisfaction he got from being treated as a person instead of a prince.

“I got to wear the same uniform as everybody else. I had to do all the same training as everybody else. I started from the bottom like everybody else.

“There was no special treatment because of who I was.”

He explained that how the most comfortable time in his younger years was when he was in Afghanistan because he was away from the media attention.

Prince Harry tour of Afghan
Prince Harry says he felt most comfortable in Afghanistan

But he went on to describe how he started to feel as though he maybe “shouldn’t be here” in his late 20s.

That led to him being told by members of his family that he should “play the game” to make his life easier.

He later described the anger felt when he had asked his family to help with the online abuse he and his wife, Meghan Markle, was receiving.

He said: “Every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, to stop just got met with total silence or total neglect.”

The open interview was the first of a five-part series that delves into mental health issues of celebrities.

Other episodes include the likes of singer Lady Gaga and actress Glenn Close opening up on previous traumas they have faced.

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