Palace used ‘institutional gaslighting’ on him and Princess Diana

  • Harry said he, Meghan Markle and Princess Diana were victims of “institutional gaslighting”.
  • He said the palace tried to undermine his Oprah interview and shielded Prince William with “lies”.
  • “I can’t think of what my mum went through all those years on her own,” Harry said.

Prince Harry has said he believes Buckingham Palace has participated in “institutional gaslighting” and that he, Meghan Markle and Princess Diana have experienced it over the years.

As the couple’s Netflix docuseries ‘Harry & Meghan’ shows, five days before Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in March 2020, Buckingham Palace released a statement that it was investigating allegations of bullying against Meghan.

Representatives for Harry and Meghan have denied the allegations, calling them a “calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful information” which was potentially intended to undermine the couple’s upcoming interview.

“I can’t think of what my mum has been through all these years on her own,” Harry said on the sixth episode of “Harry & Meghan.” “To see this institutional gaslighting happening is…it’s extraordinary. That’s why everything that happened to us was always going to happen to us, because if you speak truth to power, that’s how they react.”

Gaslighting is defined as a manipulative tactic in which someone or an entity uses psychological methods to cause someone to question their own sanity or reasoning abilities.

Prince Harry also claimed in episode five that Kensington Palace was “happy to lie to protect” Prince William following a report that he had bullied Harry and Meghan.

After a series of tense “crisis talks” held at Sandringham House in January 2020, The Times of London reported that Meghan and Harry had chosen to step back from royal duties in part because of their deteriorating relationship with William.

“A story came out saying part of the reason Meghan and I were leaving was because William bullied us,” Harry said.

Harry said he was told a joint statement had been released by Kensington Palace, signed by him and William, which denied the report. However, Harry said he was never consulted about it or asked for his permission to put his name on the statement.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. After calling Meghan to tell her what happened, Harry said she “burst into tears”.

“In four hours they were happy to lie to protect my brother, and yet for three years they never wanted to tell the truth to protect us,” Harry said.

Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The docuseries began with the written statement, “Members of the Royal Family have declined to comment on the content of this series.”

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