My purpose in writing today’s post about Prince Harry is to approach it not as a debate on the monarchy, but rather by examining his comments in light of his position as a high profile figure.
Whenever Prince Harry makes a public comment, it’s bound to be scrutinised, judged and debated. He’s bound to be called reckless by some, and relatable by others. When he recently spoke out about having counselling to come to terms with the death of his mother 20 years ago, I felt so elated to think of all of the people he could potentially be helping by saying that.
He was saying, it’s okay to be traumatised by something that happened two decades or even longer ago. He was saying, it’s okay to seek professional help. He was saying, we don’t have to brush our problems under the carpet.
OK, so none of us had the world’s most famous woman as a mother and have watched every detail of her life and death play out brutally in the media. None of us had the world watching us as we walked behind our mother’s coffin (which, in hindsight, as Harry said, probably wasn’t the best decision). However, there’s no doubt that his words will have chimed with many.
Whether you like Harry and his family or not, he used his high profile to get a really important message across. Why wouldn’t a man still mourn his mother twenty years after her death, especially when she died so young and in such a senseless manner?
What did you make of Harry’s comments?