"The world is a better place for what Harry has done but this is another blow for the British crown and royal family," the royal historian said
Prince Harry has opened up quite a bit about his mental health struggles this year. During his interview for his docuseries, The Me You Can't See, made in collaboration with Oprah Winfrey, he made many shocking revelations that were met with mixed reactions from viewers. While many Royal fans showed their support, Royal critics and authors bashed the Duke for "attacking" his family. Royal Historian Robert Lacey praised Prince Harry for his brave move but pointed out that it is another blow for the Royal Family.
"The world is a better place for what Harry has done. But this is another blow for the British crown and royal family," Lacey told PEOPLE. He further added that Harry is undertaking "an important form of duty" by breaking the 'shame barrier around mental illness'. "This is a man who, at the age of 12, was sent out to walk behind his mother's coffin and console the masses outside Kensington Palace. I just don't understand why we're now angry with him that that might have affected him," He said.
In the docuseries, Prince Harry said that his father, Prince Charles, refused to question the hardships of royal life. "My father used to say to me when I was younger, 'Well, it was like that for me, so it's going to be like that for you. That doesn't make sense — just because you suffered, that doesn't mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact, quite the opposite. If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences that you had, you can make it right for your kids. Isn't this all about breaking the cycle? Isn't this all about making sure that history doesn't repeat itself? " he asked, according to PEOPLE.
News outlets pointed out that the new statements echo what Harry and Meghan said during their March interview with Winfrey on CBS. They had accused an unnamed royal family member of racism and claimed that they were unable to get Meghan help when she felt suicidal.