Open letter to Prince Harry
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You do not know me but I know you somewhat. When your Mum announced that she was pregnant with you, I followed her pregnancy journey. The day you were born, I too celebrated. I watched as your proud Mum and Dad showed you off on the steps of the hospital.
During the years that followed, I proudly saw you grow into a young man. You were my favorite. Your cheeky and loving personality made you so much more endearing. After your Mother’s untimely death, I felt heart sore and had deep sympathy for you and your brother as I too lost a parent (my Father) in a car accident when I was 5 years old. I knew how difficult it was to grow up with only one parent. I also felt a lot of sympathy and empathy for your Father as I too became a single parent after my husband died when my children were 5 and 3 years old. I therefore have experience of both sides.
Your public attack on your family shocked me to the core. I never expected you to ever go down that road.
All families have problems and issues. They are private affairs. Years ago when Oprah Winfrey still had her talk show, she spoke to Maria Shriver, a member of America’s “Royal family” the Kennedy’s. Maria told Oprah that in the Kennedy Family you are allowed to speak out about the family within the family but not to others outside of the family.
Speaking out about issues you have with your family in a one sided public interview is just wrong and destructive. You very well knew that your family could and would not respond and take part in a mud slinging competition. So you chose to dehumanize and destroy your family in front of a worldwide television audience. In the process you fed your Father to the wolves by betraying him as this cold heartless monster who can do nothing right. You showed absolutely no loyalty to the family who gave you life.
Your family might not be perfect but they are still your family. Family need each other. Family need to stick together and keep things within their family. A Grandfather needs to know his Grandchildren and vice versa. Brothers need each other and the three of you needs each other.
When you whined about being penniless due to your Father not willing to continue financially supporting you, I again almost choked on my cup of tea. A grown man acting like a spoiled child. Most children take care of themselves at that age. We were told that our parents will not support us after school.
All of a sudden everything sounded so familiar to me. I grew up with the story of the prodigal son in the Bible. Luke 15 verse 11-32. I think you need to read that again.
There are no doubt in my mind that your family loves you. Humble yourself, go home to your family in person and in private and apologize, ask for forgiveness for your public humiliation of your family and don’t ever do it again. Just don’t. The TV cameras are not your family.