Prince Harry: Chris Kamara discusses Duke's 'mental scars'
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Chris Kamara, 63, has defended Prince Harry, 36, over criticism surrounding his forthcoming documentary on mental health with Oprah Winfrey for Apple TV. The former professional footballer, who is also known as Kammy, spoke out on the trailer for the film during a discussion on Steph McGovern’s Channel 4 show, Steph’s Packed Lunch, this afternoon.
The preview clip for the documentary includes footage of the Duke of Sussex walking behind his late mum Princess Diana’s coffin after she tragically died in 1997.
It comes amid backlash aimed at Harry over speaking out about his negative experiences in the Royal Family alongside his wife Meghan Markle after they quit their roles as Senior Royals and moved to America.
Speaking about The Me You Can’t See, Steph turned to Chris and asked: “Kammy, what do you think about using the funeral footage in the trailer?”
Sharing his thoughts, Kammy said: “Well, we don’t know what Harry’s gone through, do we?
“A 12-year-old, asking him to walk behind his mum’s coffin to the eyes of the world.
“What sort of scars, mental scars, that could have when he’s in the institution or the firm, as it’s called.
“He doesn’t say a word. When he’s come out of that institution, he’s opened up, he’s said things.”
Hitting back at the criticism Harry has faced from some social media users and Royal Family fans, he added: “People are saying it’s a joke, it’s a disgrace.
“But for him it’s letting out all those feelings – so I don’t mind it.”
Kammy went on to say he believes Harry is “holding problems” from his dad Prince Charles and his mum Diana from that difficult time.
He continued: “I said to you Steph, his dad, Prince Charles, never got involved in all the stuff earlier on.
“And I think he’s holding problems from his dad and his mum, his mum dying, him [Charles] going off to be with someone else.
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“All those sorts of things that he couldn’t say when he was in the Royal Family, now he can say it.”
During The Me You Can’t See, Harry is set to reflect on one of the most traumatic moments from his life, the death of his mum.
Harry was filmed walking alongside his brother, Prince William, then aged 15, at the funeral of Diana on September 6 1997 behind their mother’s coffin.
Diana was 36 when she was killed in a car accident in Paris.
The incident has been blamed on paparazzi who were chasing the car the Princess was in at the time.
The Duke will be joined by his wife Meghan and their two-year-old son Archie in the documentary, which is due to start streaming later this month.
In the trailer, Harry and Oprah discuss words often used to describe mental health issues, including “crazy”, “lost it”, and “can’t keep it together”.
Harry also says: “To make that decision to receive help is not a sign of weakness.
“In todays world, more than ever, it is a sign of strength.”
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