Prince Harry likened his royal experience to moving on The Truman Show and “Living in a Zoo” in a recent interview.
The Duke of Sussex said during a Thursday episode of Armchair Expert’s podcast that he was considering leaving royal life several times in his 20s.
He spoke openly with host Dax Shepard about keeping his relationship with Meghan Markle a secret and dealing with the UK media exam.
Harry compared his life to the 1998 Jim Carrey film The Truman Show. The film tells a story of Truman Burbank’s life that is televised through hidden cameras while meeting people who have been hired as actors.
Harry said it was a heavy burden and that he was struggling to be a member of the royal family.
He feared that his pregnant wife and son Archie would have to deal with the spotlight in the same way that his late mother, Princess Diana, had to deal with the enormous attention.
Diana died in a car accident in 1997 at the age of 36 in Paris while she was being chased by paparazzi.
“I don’t want this job, I don’t want to be here, I don’t want to do this. Look what it did to my mother,” said 36-year-old Harry.
In a previous interview, Harry said the royal family cut him off financially in early 2020 after announcing plans to step down from his roles.
Harry and Markle’s departure from royal duties began last year with what they described as intruders and racist attitudes by the British media towards the Duchess.
He criticized some American media outlets but said they were an improvement on the UK. Harry says he feels more liberated after he and his family moved to California.
“If I live here now I can raise my head and actually feel different,” said Harry, who added that he can take Archie with him for bike rides. “You can walk around and feel a little bit freer.”