Prince Harry said that taking psychedelic drugs helped him overcome the “misery of loss” of his mother Princess Diana when he was 12.
The Duke of Sussex opened up about using drugs like psychedelics, ayahuasca, psilocybin and mushrooms when he was a teenager in a 60 Minutes interview last night.
He told CBS, “I would never recommend people to do this recreationally.
“But when you’re going through great loss, grief or trauma, when you’re doing it with the right people, those things have a way of working like medicine.”
When asked what the psychedelics showed him, Harry said they helped him cope and overcome the traumatizing death of his mother in a car accident.
“For me they erased the windshield, the windshield the misery of loss,” he said.
“They cleared up this idea I had in my head – that my mother, that I needed to cry to prove to my mother that I missed her. Actually, she just wanted me to be happy.”
Harry said it was obvious to him by the age of 12 that the British press had a “part in our mother’s plight” and that he had “a lot of anger inside him” that he never expressed to others.
He said: “But I’ve been drinking a lot. Because I wanted to numb the feeling, or distract myself from like… whatever I was thinking,” Harry said. “And I would, you know, do drugs too.”
Harry also admitted to using cocaine and marijuana. In his late 20s he felt “lost” and “hopeless”.
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“There was this weight on my chest that I’ve felt for so many years that I’ve never been able to cry,” Harry said. “So I was constantly trying to find a way to cry, but — by even sitting on my sofa and going over as many memories of my mom as I could.”
Harry said he was watching videos of his mother online hoping to cry, but couldn’t.
He first started seeing a therapist seven years ago, and was then trying out more experimental treatments like psychedelics.
It comes as the prince is set to publish his memoir, Spare, which will be available in UK bookshops today.
A number of bombastic claims have already leaked from the new book, including his drug use and explosive relationship with his brother.
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