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Prince Harry has talked openly about wanting to "break the cycle of genetic pain and suffering" he says he inherited along with his titles and riches.
He told the Armchair Expert podcast, hosted by the actor Dax Shepard: "From the moment that you're born into today's world, life is trauma."
The Duke implicated his father and even the Queen when he said: "If I've experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I'm going to make sure that I break that cycle."
He added of Charles: "He's treated me the way that he was treated."
But Harry's mother also experienced her fair share of pain in childhood.
Before she was Diana, Princess of Wales, she was Lady Diana Frances Spencer, born to a family with 500 years of nobility. Her upbringing was posh, but it wasn't always happy.
When she took on the high-profile role of Princess of Wales, family members say she was a young girl needing kindness, compassion and reassurance, but got none of this.
Her childlike innocence is said to have been obvious to everyone who met her. The Queen Mother's page William Tallon remembered 19-year-old Diana wandering around Clarence House the night before her wedding in search of company, and ending up riding a spare bicycle ringing the bell and singing, 'I'm going to marry the Prince of Wales."
"She was just a child, you know, just a little girl," said Tallon.
"I remember being so in love with my husband that I couldn't take my eyes off him," Diana told Andrew Morton in Diana: Her True Story In Her Own Words.
"I just absolutely thought I was the luckiest girl in the world. He was going to look after me. Well, was I wrong on that…"
According to royal experts, many of Diana's issues arose from the difficult childhood she had. When she was just seven, her family unit was destroyed when her mother, Frances, left her father, Johnnie, for another man.
According to her brother, Charles Spencer, Diana felt abandoned by their mother.
He said: "While she was packing to leave, she promised Diana she'd come back to see her. Diana used to wait on the doorstep, but she never came."
Feeling rejected by her mum filled Diana with a sense of worthlessness that she would struggle with for the rest of her life, sources say.
When Diana first got to Riddlesworth Hall boarding school in 1970, she reportedly told her father, "If you love me, you won't leave me here." Leave her, he did.
Diana was born on 1 July 1961 at Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk. She was the fourth of five children of John 'Johnnie' Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Spencer, Viscountess Althorp.
The Spencer family had been closely allied with the British royal family for several generations; her grandmothers, Cynthia Spencer, Countess Spencer and Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy, had served as ladies-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
But crucially, her parents were hoping for a boy to carry on the family line, and after Diana's birth, no name was chosen for a week.
Diana grew up with three siblings: Sarah, Jane, and Charles. But there was another child.
Her older brother, John, died 10 hours after his birth just one year before Diana was born.
Her parents' desire for an heir added great strain to their marriage, and Lady Althorp was reportedly sent to Harley Street clinics in London to determine the cause of the "problem".
The experience was described as "humiliating" by Diana's younger brother, Charles: "It was a dreadful time for my parents and probably the root of their divorce because I don't think they ever got over it."
Diana lived with her mother in London during her parents' separation in 1967, but during that year's Christmas holidays, Johnnie refused to let his daughter return to London with Frances. Shortly afterwards he won custody of Diana with support from his former mother-in-law, Lady Fermoy.
Johnnie later married Raine McCorquodale, the daughter of novelist Dame Barbara Cartland. But she was said to be unpopular with her stepchildren, who called her Acid Raine.
The princess would later described her childhood as "very unhappy" and "very unstable, the whole thing".
Charles very recently touched upon his and Diana's troubled childhood and the pain they experienced at the time of their parents' separation.
"Diana and I had two older sisters who were away at school, so she and I were very much in it together and I did talk to her about it," he said.
"Our father was a quiet and constant source of love, but our mother wasn't cut out for maternity. Not her fault, she couldn't do it."
The father-of-seven went on to reveal that he has been "in and out of therapy for 20 years".
He added: "I did a lot of very profound work on my unhappy childhood last year, which was agonising and horrible.
"I don't say that out of self-pity, it was intriguing to me that it was so desperately unpleasant. But the result has been cathartic. Coming out the other side has been good."
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