Insensitive William once made fun of Prince Harry's panic attacks and anxiety
In the film "Spare," Prince Harry is open about his anxiety and panic attacks. He also discusses his older brother, Prince William, and how he was shocked by his struggles.
In his new book Spare, Prince Harry discusses his battle with anxiety.
According to Harry, the panic frequently began as soon as he put on a suit in the morning.
Strangely, the suit served as my trigger. As I buttoned my shirt, I felt my blood pressure rise. As I tied my tie, I felt my ...
...throat tighten. By the time I pulled on the jacket and laced the smart shoes, sweat was trickling down my back and cheeks.
At first, Harry's anxiety only surfaced before public appearances, but eventually it affected him whenever he was about to be in a crowd or public place.
Harry admits, "I started to become afraid of just being around people.".
I feared cameras more than anything else, which made the royal reluctant to leave the house altogether.
I felt lonely, but I decided it was preferable to feeling panicked, he says.
I had only recently started to learn a few healthy ways to deal with my panic, but until I felt more certain of them and ...
...on more solid ground, I was relying on one very unhealthful solution: avoidance. At the time, I was an agoraphobe.
Unfortunately, he couldn't avoid some public appearances because of his royal responsibilities.
Backstage, Willy approached me and started laughing, writes Harry.
He of all people, Harry, claims that William and Kate Middleton were present when he experienced his very first panic attack while traveling to a polo match.
Harry couldn't believe William was reacting so harshly this time since he had been supportive at the time.
Harry reveals that he was aware of a problem.
I couldn't understand how he could be so insensitive. Harry tried therapy, but he wasn't able to connect with a therapist the way he wanted to. He had told me that [first] day or shortly after that I needed help.
Harry reports that he said I was obviously in trouble.
And he expressed concern for me, saying that I wasn't feeling well and that I needed help again, according to Harry. He also noted ...
...that I was already in therapy, but I wasn't getting the support from William that I needed on that endeavor, either, Harry claims.
Harry remembers that he recently informed me that he wanted to join me at a session because he thought I was being "brainwashed.".
It resulted in a text conversation that developed into an argument and lasted for 72 hours.
Harry admits that we had never before engaged in such a text-related argument.
After months of therapy, after working hard to become more aware and independent, I was a stranger to my older brother. He could no longer relate to me or tolerate ...
...me. We were angry, but we were also miles apart, as if we were speaking different languages. Then, suddenly, I realized that my worst fear was coming true.