Prince Harry Talks of Strained Relationship with His Dad
"He treated me the way he was treated," the Duke of Sussex said.
Harry said the relationship has been strained for years and he began to consider leaving the royal lifestyle behind in his "early 20s." The comment nixed the idea that his wife, Meghan Markle, was the motivation for him to leave the family.
Harry mentioned his mother, Princess Diana, and the hardships she faced as a royal.
Harry shares a 2-year-old son with Markle, who is also expecting a baby girl. They now live in California.
The prince said he hopes to "break the cycle" within his own family after realizing that his father's parenting was a reflection of his own upbringing.
"I never saw it, I never knew about it, and then suddenly I started to piece it together and go, ‘OK, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened, I know this about his life, I also know that is connected to his parents so that means he’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids?'"
He added: "And here I am, I moved my whole family to the US, that wasn’t the plan but sometimes you’ve got make decisions and put your family first and put your mental health first."
He said that Markle was very supportive of him and assured him that she "didn’t need to be a princess." When Harry began to feel like he was "in a cage," she encouraged him to seek out therapy.
Finally, Harry added that he's pleased with his decision to move away.
Reps for the royal family did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
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