Prince Harry has volunteered himself to undergo on-camera therapy, according to the director of his latest documentary series.
The director of The Me You Can’t See, Dawn Porter said the Duke of Sussex was a “game for trying something” in a bid to overcome some of his past trauma.
The series, which premiered on Apple TV+, shocked the royal family after Prince Harry divulged details related to senior royals. “Harry he volunteered, he was game for trying something,” Ms. Porter told Town and Country magazine.
“And we thought well, we have the opportunity to film this [therapy] and maybe this is something that will work for some people, maybe it won’t, but the idea is that you don’t tick a box and you’re done, mental wellness is an ongoing pursuit.”
“You have to continue to try new things and to push yourself, and his volunteering to try something was a great way to emphasize and underscore that point.”
During the show, Harry went through a form of therapy known as EDMR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). The psychotherapy treatment directs patients to remember past trauma and then carry out brain healing by using some form of bilateral stimulation such as shoulder tapping or rapid eye movement.
Aside from appearing on the show, Harry co-produced the docuseries with Oprah Winfrey. The director stated that working with Oprah was advantageous because she got access to “a lot of the best research and the best medicine.”
Ms. Porter went on to say that Harry and Oprah have “very personal and deep feelings” destigmatizing conversations about their mental health. The show explores a wide range of mental health issues.
Prince Harry admitted he has been undergoing therapy for four years. He started attending the sessions around the time he met his future wife, Meghan Markle.
“It was really exciting to work on something that is so important to so many people, but so misunderstood,” Ms. Porter said. Some of Ms. Porter’s works include Gideon’s Army and Trapped.