Prince Harry says he stepped back from the royal family because the press took a toll on his mental health

Prince Harry says he stepped back from the royal family because the press took a toll on his mental health

Prince Harry says he stepped back from the royal family because the press took a toll on his mental health

Prince Harry said the reason he stepped back from royal duties was that the “toxic” behavior of the British press was “destroying” his mental health.

Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, sent shockwaves through the monarchy in January 2020 when they announced their intention to step back from royal duties and embark on a new life across the Atlantic. 

“It was never walking away. It was stepping back rather than stepping down, there was a really difficult environment as I think a lot of people saw,” Harry said in an interview with James Corden, host of the “Late Late Show” in the United States. 

“We all know what the British press could be like, and it was destroying my mental health, I was like this is toxic. So I did what any husband and what any father would do is like, I need to get my family out of here.” 

Prince Harry’s interview comes roughly one week before he and Markle are set to sit down with Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all interview on March 7 about their decision to step away from their royal duties.

During the segment with Corden, in which the pair travel around Los Angeles on an open-top bus, Harry revealed he has watched “The Crown” the popular drama that probes several reported fractures within the royal family. “I’m way more comfortable with ‘The Crown’ than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself,” he said.

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