In a newly released Netflix documentary titled “Heart Of Invictus,” Prince Harry has brought attention to the media’s perceived lack of coverage regarding wounded British soldiers in Afghanistan.
The Duke of Sussex, aged 38, discussed the media’s treatment of his own deployment to the warzone.
He recounted a pivotal moment during his journey back home when the Drudge Report, an American website, broke a news blackout on his deployment.
The episode’s first installment, which became available on the same day, featured Prince Harry describing a poignant scene on an airplane: he observed a curtain blowing open, revealing three young wounded soldiers who had suffered severe injuries.
This encounter, as he conveyed, offered him a genuine insight into the human cost of war, affecting not only the individuals but also their families.
The Duke expressed his frustration with the media’s handling of the situation, stating that he was angered by the lack of coverage given to the wounded soldiers.
He revealed that he was incensed by the media’s lack of attention to this critical issue.
This frustration ultimately played a role in inspiring him to establish the Invictus Games, a central theme of the documentary.
Prince Harry also delved into his own experience, disclosing his feelings of anger and isolation upon returning from Afghanistan.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the media’s intrusion into his deployment, revealing that the reason he was allowed to go to Afghanistan in the first place was due to it being kept a secret.
During his ten-week stay there, only the British press were privy to this information, under the condition of maintaining silence.
The documentary provided an opportunity for Prince Harry to discuss his personal struggles.
He revealed that after returning from his deployment, he lacked a support network to address the trauma he had experienced.
His own trauma, compounded by the loss of his mother Princess Diana in 1997 when he was just 12 years old, was never openly discussed or addressed.
Prince Harry acknowledged that seeking therapy often only becomes a consideration when an individual is at their lowest point, a situation he aims to change.
In addition to sharing his personal journey, Prince Harry also briefly touched on his present roles and responsibilities.
He described himself as a father of two young children, a husband, a dog owner, and the founding patron of the Invictus Games Foundation.
The documentary also provided a glimpse into his private moments with his wife, Meghan Markle, offering a candid insight into their relationship and shared experiences.
The documentary’s release is timely, ahead of the upcoming Invictus Games scheduled for September 9 in Dusseldorf, an event that Prince Harry will actively participate in.
The documentary forms part of Prince Harry and Meghan’s partnership with Netflix, following their previous project, the controversial “Harry & Meghan” documentary, which stirred discussions about the Royal Family.
This new venture marks another significant step in their media endeavors, especially after their podcast deal with Spotify concluded earlier.
As the Duke of Sussex continues to share his personal story and advocate for mental health support for veterans and individuals impacted by trauma, the release of this documentary offers viewers a unique perspective into his life, struggles, and aspirations.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn