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14th May 2021

Prince Harry compares growing up with royal family to “living in a zoo”

Sarah McKenna Barry

“I don’t want this job. I don’t want to be doing this. Look what it did to my mum.”

Prince Harry has opened up about what it was like to grow up in the royal family.

The Prince spoke about his early life during a recent appearance on The Armchair Expert Podcast with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman.

Harry said that growing up in the spotlight felt like “a mix between The Truman Show and living in a zoo”.

He continued: “It’s the job, right? Grin and bear it. Get on with it.

“I was in my early 20s, and I was thinking, I don’t want this job. I don’t want to be doing this. Look what it did to my mum.

Harry then spoke about the anxiety he felt over history repeating itself.

“How am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and family, when I know it’s going to happen again?”

The Prince also spoke about how much better he felt after attending therapy.

“Once I started doing therapy, it was like the bubble was burst. I plucked my head out of the sand and gave it a good shake off, and I was like, ‘You’re in a position of privilege’. Stop complaining and stop thinking you want something different.

“Make this different, because you can’t get out.”

He added that he aims to make his mum proud by effecting change through his philanthropy work.

In the past year, Harry has been unafraid to speak candidly about life in the royal family, as well as his wife’s experience.

Meghan joined Harry for a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, where they addressed their decision to step down as royals and move to the United States.

The couple continue to work on a number of projects through Archewell, their philanthropic organisation.

Harry himself has been busy, and has taken up positions at the Aspen Institute, a think tank that tackles misinformation, and at BetterUp, a Silicon Valley start-up that focuses on mental health services.