64-year-old American TV presenter Katie Couric, who has worked on the CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes and Today over the years, recently unveiled her memoir. One of the chapters of Couric's book is dedicated to the 37-year-old Prince Harry, whom she met in 2014.
With the Duke of Sussex, Katie crossed paths at a polo match in Brazil – at that time Harry was about 30 years old. Couric described this meeting in detail in her memoirs. Katie noted that then Prince Harry was very tipsy and smelled of cigarettes and alcohol – the smell oozed literally from “every pore of him.”
Recall that in May of this year, in a documentary called “The Me You Can't See”, which Harry shot with Oprah Winfrey, the prince admitted that for some time he actually abused alcohol due to mental health problems. The Duke of Sussex said that he was very upset by the death of the mother of Princess Diana and tried by any means to drown out the pain from these mental wounds.
I was ready to drink and take drugs – I was ready to do anything that could somehow dull my senses. Gradually I realized that I don't drink from Monday to Friday, which is good. However, I could drink as much over the weekend as in a whole week. Then I realized that I drink not because I like it, but to numb the pain,
– shared the duke.
Indeed, it is a well-known fact that Prince Harry's youth was quite turbulent: he hung out a lot and often got into scandalous situations. He drank, fell into the pool, was treated in a rehab, fought with photographers … And the photographs of a naked prince playing undressing billiards that have already flown around the world are hard to forget.
Prince Harry also described the 28-32 period as the most “nightmarish” part of his life. According to the Duke, Meghan Markle eventually helped him cope with this condition and solve psychological problems: she advised her beloved to contact a psychotherapist, and he immediately listened to her.
At the very beginning of our relationship, we learned a lot. Megan once said, “I think you should see someone.” This was her reaction to our next argument. And at that moment, without knowing it, I returned to 12-year-old Harry. During the second session, my therapist said, “It looks like you are going back to your 12-year-old.” She did not call me a child, but simply expressed her sympathy for what happened to me as a child, and noted that I had never worked on this problem.
– recalled in the documentary Prince Harry.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Harry is convinced that psychotherapy has helped him not only deal with his childhood traumas, solve alcohol problems and quit smoking, but also find personal happiness. According to the duke, if he had not then listened to Megan's words, he could have “lost forever the woman with whom he dreams of spending the rest of his days.”