Prince Harry’s decision to talk with a trauma expert could see him revisit a variety of his own troubles in public.
Gabor Maté, 79, will take part in the livestream discussion with the prince about ‘living with loss and the importance of personal healing’.
Difficulties Harry has faced in his life had until very recently remained largely private and personal to the father-of-two.
But his tell-all autobiography – combined with a series of televised sit-down interviews – have brought them all into the public arena in full.
More than anything, the death of his mother Princess Diana has shaped his life and his views on certain topics.
Here MailOnline examines potential traumas and their effects Harry may be detailing with Dr Maté:
More than anything else the death of Princess Diana when Harry was just 12 has shaped his life
Walking beside his mother’s coffin
This is a particularly traumatic memory for Harry who has spoken about it movingly on a number of occasions.
The image of the young prince walking behind his mother’s coffin has been showed in documentaries he has made as well as contemporaneous reports at the time.
In his production of Apple TV’s The Me You Can’t See he recalls the feeling of suppressing his grief and sounds he still clearly remembers.
He told show host Oprah Winfrey: ‘For me the thing I remember the most was the sound of the horses’ hooves going along the Mall.
‘It was like I was outside of my body and just walking along doing what was expected of me.
‘I was showing one tenth of the emotion that everybody else was showing: This was my mum – you never even met her.’
Harry says every single time he sees a camera it takes him back to the day his mother died
Harry was only 12 years old when his mother Diana was killed in a Paris car crash in August 1997.
He believes the paparazzi following the Princess were responsible for the crash.
Harry says this has led to a reaction every time he ever has his picture taken in public.
In 2017 he disclosed: ‘I think being part of this family, in this role and this job, every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back.
‘So in that respect, it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best.’
Harry, William and Kate together at Stage 1 of the Tour De France on July 5, 2014 in Harrogate
Carrying out royal duties
Harry has said in the past that the death of his mother manifested in a number of problems for him during a specific spell of his life.
The Duke of Sussex says he was left shattered from the ages of 28 to 32 at the prospect of fulfilling his royal duties.
Harry says he would binge drink on Friday or Saturday in an effort to mask the problem.
He said it was so serious it would physically impact him in the form of uncontrollable sweating.
The prince disclosed: ‘I was just all over the place mentally. Every time I put a suit on and tie on … having to do the role, and go, ‘right, game face’, look in the mirror and say, ‘let’s go’. Before I even left the house I was pouring with sweat. I was in fight or flight mode.
‘I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling.’
Much of Prince Harry’s autobiography surrounds his feelings about being ‘William’s spare’
Being The Spare
The Duke’s book is not titled by accident, it is how he says he feels after being born into a family where he says he considered simply a substitute for heir William.
During the autobiography, he suggests this feeling has dominated much of his life.
One of the stranger segments of the books sees him admit being upset that his brother got a bigger room than him at Balmoral when they were children.
He seemed irked William had a better room with terrific views, while he had a smaller and less luxurious bedroom in the castle.
Elsewhere he writes he grew up knowing that he was there to give his older brother, Wills an organ donation if he needed it.
‘I was brought into the world in case something happened to Willy,’ he said, claiming that his parents and grandparents even referred to him and his brother as the heir and the spare as a form of ‘shorthand’.
Prince Harry publicised the fact he had killed 25 Taliban while he was serving in Afghanistan
Harry has proudly spoken of his time serving in the army in Afghanistan and has said it gave him freedom to be himself.
But he has publicised the fact he had killed 25 Taliban while he was out in the theatre of war.
And his actions in damaging relations with his family through a series of damaging disclosures have been questioned.
Retired Colonel Philip Ingram believes he may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
He told Sky News: ‘A lot of the behaviours I’m seeing in Prince Harry are almost triggers for me.
‘They remind me of some of my behaviours whenever I suffered quite severe PTSD.
‘I’m seeing a troubled individual and an individual that needs help, not someone who should be continuously criticised in the way he is being.’
Prince Harry has spoken about seeing therapists because he feared he would lose Meghan
Fear of losing Meghan
Prince Harry has told how an argument with his wife set him on a path of different therapists in an effort to ‘fix himself’.
The Duke said one had told him that he sometimes reverted to the age when his mother died.
Harry explains how his desire to seek counselling was because he feared losing Meghan.
He said: ‘When she said, “I think you need to see someone” it was in reaction to an argument that we had.
‘And in that argument not knowing about it, I reverted back to 12-year-old Harry.
‘I saw GPs. I saw doctors. I saw therapists. I saw alternative therapists. I saw all sorts of people, but it was meeting and being with Meghan. I knew that if I didn’t do the therapy and fix myself that I was going to lose this woman who I could see spending the rest of my life with.’