Prince Harry shocked fans and podcast listeners alike when he appeared on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast on Thursday, May 13.
Though Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, recently launched their own podcast with Spotify, the Duke of Sussex is notoriously private about his personal life and rarely agrees to interviews.
But, despite trying to stay out of the limelight, Harry opened up a lot during the interview about how he was raised, what he hopes to do differently with his children, and his infamous partying days.
Harry Explained He Experienced Pain and Suffering Growing Up Because His Parents Suffered
It’s clear that growing up in the royal family was not easy for Harry, but he explained during the interview that he actually suffered due to his parents having suffered.
“When it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on,” he shared.
“It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway 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.’”
Opens Up About “Going Wild” in His Twenties
As Harry got older and started to become more aware of his responsibilities as a member of the royal family, he started acting out and partying more frequently.
“I don’t want this job, I don’t want to be here, I don’t want to be doing this, look what it did to my mum,” Harry shared, explaining his mindset during that period of his life.
He also compared the UK media as “a mix between The Truman Show and being in a zoo.” In fact, when Harry and Meghan started dating, they had to be extremely careful and private in order to not be seen by the press.
“The first time that Meghan and I met up for her to come and stay with me we met up in a supermarket in London pretending as though we didn’t know each other,” he shared.
But, now that he and Meghan live in California, the family feels they have a bit more privacy to do the things they want to do.
“Living here now I can actually lift my head and actually I feel different… you can walk around feeling a little bit more free,” he said. “I get to take Archie on the back of my bicycle… I would never have had the chance to do that.”