Maybe he’s just using him as inspiration? A lot of fans can’t help but notice that Prince William keeps following in Prince Harry’s footsteps, especially when it comes to their media tactics. Just after Prince Harry opened up about his own mental health and how he felt after the death of his mother, Princess Diana, Prince William is now doing the same thing.
In fact, the Duke of Cambridge recently said that Scotland is a source of both his happiest and saddest memories, and that’s because he was in the country when he learned about his mother’s death. Here’s what you need to know.
During an opening address at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, William said that he was at Balmoral when he was told that his mother Princess Diana had died back in 1997. He also shared how he found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors in the “dark days of grief” that followed.
Prince William Copying Prince Harry’s Media Tactics By Opening Up About Princess Diana’s Death
But at the same time, Scotland is also the place where he met and fell in love with his future wife, Kate Middleton.
In his speech to the assembly on Saturday, William said: “Scotland is a source of some of my happiest memories but also my saddest. I was in Balmoral when I was told that my mother had died. Still in shock, I found sanctuary in the service at Crathie Kirk that very morning and in the dark days of grief that followed I found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors. As a result, the connection I feel to Scotland will forever run deep.”
He added, “Alongside this painful memory is one of great joy because it was here in Scotland 20 years ago this year that I first met Catherine. Needless to say the town where you meet your future wife holds a very special place in your heart. George, Charlotte and Louis already know how dear Scotland is to both of us and they are starting to build their own happy memories here too.”
During the Apple Plus series The Me You Can’t See, Prince Harry said that he turned to alcohol and drugs to deal with the death of his mother.
“For me the thing I remember the most was the sound of the horses’ hooves going along the Mall,” Harry told Oprah Winfrey. “It was like I was outside of my body and just walking along doing what was expected of me. (I was) showing one tenth of the emotion that everybody else was showing: This was my mum – you never even met her.”
Prince Harry also says that he was “mentally all over the place” and suffered from anxiety and severe panic attacks from ages 28 to 32.
“Every time I put a suit on and tie on … having to do the role, and go, ‘right, game face’, look in the mirror and say, ‘let’s go’. Before I even left the house I was pouring with sweat. I was in fight or flight mode,” Harry said, adding, “I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling.”
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