KEY POINTS

  • Prince Harry may still be suffering from PTSD
  • Prince Harry's decision to step back may have to do with Princess Diana's death
  • Prince Harry only sought counsel a few years ago 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just announced their decision to step back from their royal duties.

Immediately after, the royal couple was criticized by royal fans and experts alike. But according to a psychiatrist based in Los Angeles, the royal couple had every right to step back.

While speaking with Hollywood Life, Meredith Sagan said that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s shocking decision to exit may have been due to Prince Harry’s PTSD.

When he was just 12 years old, his mom, Princess Diana, passed away after she was chased down on a tunnel by the paparazzi. Even though the Princess of Wales has been dead for over two decades, it is possible that Prince Harry still hasn’t gotten over the traumatic incident.

According to Sagan, PTSD involves a number of things: a sense of hypervigilance, having a startling response, flashbacks, nightmares, and more. It is possible that even just seeing Princess Diana’s photos triggers a certain type of negative emotion from Prince Harry.

During his interview in the documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey,” Prince Harry made it clear that he wants to protect his wife and son.

“And, so he does have a good reason and good evidence that the media and the paparazzi is a health hazard and a danger to his own wife and son, because, indeed, he did lose his mother,” Sagan said

The psychiatrist also said that the last thing that Prince Harry wants is for his son, Archie to not have a mother because he knows what damage this could leave on the young royal.

Sagan also said that even though Prince Harry suffers from PTSD, his reactions to his situation are still very rational and understandable.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Sussex continued to struggle even years after Princess Diana’s death. During his interview with The Telegraph three years ago, he said that there had been multiple times wherein he came very close to breaking down.

“My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mom, because why would that help? I thought] it’s only going to make you sad. It’s not going to bring her back,” he said.

Prince Harry also credited Prince William for encouraging him to open up about his issues. After seeking counseling, the Duke of Sussex said that his mental health improved.