Prince Harry has revealed that in the decades since the death of his mother, Princess Diana, he turned to “drinking a lot” and – and sampled a series of mind-altering hard drugs.
During an interview with Anderson Cooper on Sunday night on ’60 Minutes’, Harry, 38, answered questions about his tell-all book, ‘Spare’, which comes out on Tuesday.
All week, Harry has been on a promotional tour for the book, which is full of details such as William allegedly having a physical altercation with Harry over Meghan Markle, and Harry having a frozen ‘todger’ at William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. .
Cooper, 55, asked Harry about his admitted drug addiction – including alcohol, cocaine, pot and more – in the past. Harry said he did it in response to his mother’s death.
“It was obvious to us as children that the British press was participating in our mother’s misery and I had a lot of anger in me which thankfully I never expressed to anyone,” he said. -he declares. “But I resorted to a lot of alcohol. Because I wanted to numb the feeling, or I wanted to distract myself from how… whatever I was thinking. And I would also resort to, you know, drugs.
He also said he felt the use of psychedelics, Ayahuasca, psilocybin, mushrooms, helped him.
“I would never recommend people do this recreationally – but doing it with the right people if you’re going through a huge loss or grief or trauma then those things have a way of working like medicine. For me, they cleared the windshield, the windshield of the misery of loss. They swept away this idea that I had in my head that–that my mother, that I needed to cry to prove to my mother that I missed her. When in fact, all she wanted was for me to be happy.
Part of the reason he turned to alcohol and drugs was that after Princess Diana’s tragic fatal car accident in 1997, Harry and William shared ‘similar thoughts’ on the belief that she was really gone.
“Maybe it’s all part of a plan,” Harry said. “Then she’d call us and we’d go join her, yeah.”
He said he clung to that belief for “years”. But at 20, he asked to see the police report on the accident that killed his mother, in order to have “evidence”.
“Proof that she was in the car. Proof that she was hurt. And proof that the very paparazzi who chased her down the tunnel were the ones taking photos – photos of her lying half-dead in the back seat of the car,” he said.
When Cooper asked Harry if he felt he had all the answers about what really happened when Princess Diana died in 1997, Harry replied: “Let the truth be known, no. I do not think so. And I don’t think my brother does either. I don’t think the world does.