Prince Harry Talked About The “Genetic Pain” His Dad And Grandfather Passed Down To Him
Two months into the job and Prince Harry is already earning that BetterUp signing bonus by talking about the “genetic pain and suffering” he inherited from his dad Prince Charles, who in turn inherited it from his dad Prince Philip. Giving Dax Shepherd (of all people, Oprah’s probably kicking herself for not having THAT conversation) the scoop of a lifetime, Harry appeared on the Armchair Expert podcast and swore to “break the cycle,” presumably, of dressing his kids up in those twee little outfits with the socks pulled up way too high. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor will be a Crocs kid.
I don’t envy the person who had to go to THE QUEEN this morning and explain to her that a Dax Shepherd is not a breed of dog. According to Page Six:
The renegade duke took his war with his family to a new level Thursday — as he claimed in a new interview that Prince Charles handed down a “cycle” of “genetic pain and suffering” to him, which he and his wife Meghan Markle moved to Los Angeles to break.
“He treated me the way he was treated,” the 36-year-old said on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast.
“It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway,” said Harry, who dramatically quit his royal duties and moved to the United States last year.
“So we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say, ‘You know what? That happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.’”
Now I’m not an expert in the field of pop psychology like Harry or anything, but it sounds like he’s talking about generational pain, not genetic pain. I mean I guess a Hapsburg jaw could be considered painful, but Harry doesn’t appear to have inherited one of those. Maybe he’s referring to epigenetics, in which case, there’s a lot to unpack there. Far too much for Dax to handle. He’s qualified to unpack a day bag, and maybe his pockets before putting his pants in the wash, but that’s about it.
The Duke of Sussex said he now wants to “break the cycle” within his family — after realizing that much of the way he was treated as a youngster was the result of how his own dad was raised by Queen Elizabeth II and the late Prince Philip.
“I never saw it, I never knew about it, and then suddenly I started to piece it together and go, ‘OK, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened, I know this about his life, I also know that is connected to his parents, so that means he’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids?’” he said.
“And here I am, I moved my whole family to the US, that wasn’t the plan but sometimes you’ve got to make decisions and put your family first and put your mental health first.”
In talking about his family history, Harry really made things difficult for the Meghan Markle haters of the world to find a way to blame her for his defection. Harry made it clear it was his decision to exit royal life which he called “a mix between ‘The Truman Show’ and living in a zoo.” Just a reminder, please don’t throw raw meat at Harry, he finds it very triggering.
The 39-year-old “Suits” alum supported her hubby’s decision to relocate, assuring him she “didn’t need to be a princess,” he said.
She also encouraged him to seek therapy, as at one point he felt “in a cage” while fulfilling royal duties, which led to him to be “angry” about things that were out of his control.
“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 here. I don’t want to be doing this,’” he said. “Look what it did to my mum; how am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and family when I know it’s going to happen again?”
“I’ve seen behind the curtain,” he continued. “I’ve seen the business model and seen how this whole thing works and I don’t want to be part of this.”
No wonder Harry spent his “wild” 20s “experimenting with marijuana!” But his pain is our boon. If it weren’t for Harry’s weed lab in the basement of Buckingham Palace, none of us would ever be able to try his signature strain Purple Pain. Thanks to Meghan’s friends at the USA Network, Royal Pains was not available for trademark.
Here’s Harry’s full Armchair Expert episode: