King Charles is reportedly still ‘so proud’ of Prince Harry, despite comments made about the Royal Family in his new Netflix documentary.
The ‘Heart of Invictus’ documentary will show behind the scenes as athletes prepare for the mammoth games, which the Duke of Sussex founded in 2014.
The Invictus Games is for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veterans, who compete in an international multi-sport event.
The five-part series, which launches on Netflix today, sees the Duke make a subtle dig at the Royal Family as he discusses his past trauma.
At one point, he says he had ‘no one around [him]’ to ‘help’, claiming he had no ‘support structure’ and that he suppressed his past trauma.
However, despite the apparent dig at his upbringing, it’s been claimed the royals will still be proud of Harry for the documentary.
During a discussion on Wednesday’s This Morning, Gyles Brandreth shed light on what the royal family may be thinking.
Host Andi Peters, filling in for Holly Willoughby, asked: ‘Do you ever get a sense that they still do care for him deeply?’
‘Of course they do,’ Gyles replied. ‘It’s the King’s son, he loves his son, and I think they totally accept he wanted to start a new life in California. That’s fine.
‘They’re thrilled by this, this is the real achievement.’
He went on: ‘The King is so proud of this. I know personally that the late Duke of Edinburgh, his grandfather, thought “Yes, this is what it’s all about.”
‘This will go on forever.’
In the documentary, Harry says: ‘Look, I can only speak to me own experience but from my tour of Afghanistan in 2012 flying Apaches, somewhere after that there was an unravelling.
‘And the trigger for me was actually returning from Afghanistan but the stuff that was coming up was from 1997 from the age of 12.
‘Losing my mum at such a young age, the trauma I had I was never aware of.
‘It was never discussed and I didn’t really talk about it and I supressed it like most other youngsters would have done.
‘But then when it all came fizzing out I was bouncing off the walls, like what is going on here, I am now feeling everything instead of being numb.
‘The biggest struggle for me was no one around me really could help.
‘I didn’t have that support structure, that network or that expert advice to identify what was actually going on with me.
‘Unfortunately like most of us the first time you consider therapy is when you are lying on the floor in the foetal position probably wishing you had dealt with some of this stuff previously. And that’s what I really want to change.’
This is of course not Harry’s first series for Netflix, after he previously told his personal story of leaving the royal family in Harry & Meghan, alongside his wife Meghan Markle.
In the highly-anticipated docuseries, the pair gave a personal view of their lives and marriage, from their first messages to each other, to Meghan opening up about suicidal thoughts and her mental health, as well as online trolling and media backlash they received.
At one point, the former Suits actress claims she was prevented from getting medical help by royals while suffering from suicidal thoughts, while elsewhere they accuse the Palace of feeding negative stories about them to the press.
The couple reportedly now plans to not produce any content that criticises the royal family.
Sources say Harry and Meghan hope 2023 will be their ‘year of reconciliation’ with the royal family.
An insider said to The Sun: ‘That period of their life is over — as there is nothing left to say.’
Heart of Invictus is available to watch on Netflix while This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV1.
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