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  • Louise Coughlin

'The me you can't see'

Updated: Jun 28, 2021

Saturday 6th September 1997. This was the day that the world stopped and watched the funeral of the 'People's Princess'. That was the day Prince Harry saw his mum laid to rest. Days away from his 13th birthday he followed his mother's coffin as the streets of London were filled with members of the public paying their respects. I was on holiday at the time and there was no television where I was staying. In the days before catch up TV it was years before I actually saw what happened that day. I felt for Princes Harry and William not just because of their grief but also for what they did that day. Both Princes have spoken about that event and the impact it had on them. More recently Harry has referred to London as a trigger, hinting in part because of that day in September 1997. Years passed and tabloid stories of Prince Harry being drunk in a gutter made headlines. Normal teenage behaviour or trauma manifesting? I won't pretend to know the reasons but for many years Prince Harry has championed mental health charities. He has recently opened up about his own mental health and how he used Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) to help him work through his traumas to help him manage his anxiety in a different way. I am a big advocate for EMDR, it works, it helps people with a variety of traumas and mental health issues. Thank you to Prince Harry and 'the me you can't see' production on Apple TV for taking the taboo out of therapy.

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