Prince Harry opens up about his mother's death; reveals one of son Archie's first words was 'Grandma'
Prince Harry opens up about his mother's death; reveals one of son Archie's first words was 'Grandma'

The Duke of Sussex recently revealed that one of the first words by his 2-year-old son Archie was "grandma", which was a sweet nod to late Princess Diana, saying that it was very sentimental for him.

According to People magazine, Prince Harry made the revelation about little Archie's first words in the new AppleTV+ docuseries 'The Me You Can't See', co-created by Oprah Winfrey and the Duke of Sussex.

Harry said that a photo of his late mother, who tragically died at age 36 following a car crash in Paris in 1997, is currently hanging in Archie's nursery at the home he shares with his wife Meghan Markle.

Sharing about Archie's first words, he said, "I got a photo of her in his nursery, and it was one of the first words that he said -- apart from 'mama,' 'papa,' it was then 'grandma'. Grandma Diana. It's the sweetest thing, but at the same time, it makes me really sad because she should be here."

As for Archie's very first word, Harry had previously revealed that it was "crocodile."

Earlier this year, during an appearance on 'The Late Late Show', Harry told host James Corden, "He's got the most amazing personality. He's already putting three or four words together, he's already singing songs."

"Three syllables," the proud dad remarked of Archie's first word at the time.

On the fifth episode of 'The Me You Can't See', which featured never-before-seen footage of Archie swinging on a hanging bench alongside his father, Harry also reflected on the loss of Diana. He said, "I wish she could've met Meghan. I wish she was around for Archie."

Still, as per People magazine, the father of one, expecting a baby girl with Meghan later this summer, believes his mother would have been proud of the man he is today and the life he's created for his family.

He also opened up about the path that led him to take therapy and spoke openly about his panic attacks, mental health journey, and his mother's death, sharing that he has been in therapy for four years "to heal myself from the past."

Sharing the details, Harry said, "I saw doctors, I saw therapists, I saw alternative therapists. I saw all sorts of people. But it was meeting and being with Meghan, I knew that if I didn't do therapy and fix myself, that I was going to lose this woman who I could see spending the rest of my life with." Harry, who was just 12 years old when his mother, Princess Diana died in 1997, said that during his childhood, teen years and twenties, "I wasn't in an environment where it was encouraged to talk about it either, that was sort of, like, squashed." In the searingly honest conversation with Oprah, Harry said he would have his head in the sand and just crack on. "If people said, 'how are you?' I'd be like 'fine.' Never happy. Never sad, just fine. Fine was the easy answer. But I was all over the place mentally," he revealed. As Harry embarked on royal duties in the years that followed, severe anxiety would dominate his emotions.

Admitting to suffering from anxiety, he said, "Every time I put a suit and tie on and having to do the role and sort of like go, let's go. Before I even left the house I was pouring with sweat, my heart rate was . . . I was in fight or flight mode. Panic attacks, severe anxiety . . . So age 28 to probably 32 was a nightmare time in my life, freaking out."

He further talked about his substance abuse and continued, "I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling. But I slowly became aware that, okay, I wasn't drinking Monday to Friday, but I would probably drink a week's worth in one day on a Friday or a Saturday night. And I would find myself drinking, not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something."

Talking about being hurt, Harry concluded by saying, "People who are hurt, understandably hurt, from their upbringing, their environment, what's happened to them, what they've been exposed to, what they've seen -- whatever it is -- if you don't transform, if you don't process it, then it ends up coming out and in all sorts of different ways and you can't control."

In the first episode, Harry also talks about his mother's funeral, when he and his older brother Prince William, then 15, joined their father Prince Charles, grandfather Prince Philip and uncle Charles, Earl Spencer in walking solemnly behind Diana's casket.

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