The world watches the Royal Family under immense interest and scrutiny. What comes with a life of privilege and generational wealth also comes with immense pressure and a lack of privacy. The upcoming memoir “Spare” from Prince Harry has leaked in a few areas causing a disarray of opinions, thoughts, and headlines across the globe. Tucked between passages about his sex life and family drama comes excerpts about using hallucinogens and smoking weed.

Cover of Prince Harry’s Memoir, “Spare.” with Photo by Ramona

No matter the socioeconomic standpoint in which we are all born, all humans feel pain, hurt, love, and loss. For the wealth of privilege that Prince Harry was born into, he’s still human and has some major handfuls of trauma and pain. As a young child, Harry lost his mother, Princess Diana during the globally known car accident in which she was trying to escape the paparazzi. That same phenomenon, the paparazzi, has plagued Harry’s life from that moment forward.

While he dealt with intense invasions of privacy before that moment, with his protector gone, he now had journalists and reporters sticking cameras in his face attempting to find any slip-up that could provide a headline. He grew up with a spotlight that ravished in finding human error. The Royal PR team spun up their own stories, fact or fiction, to protect the Royal Family’s public-facing image.

For the first time in likely his life, Prince Harry is speaking out on his life and trials giving the people the story straight from the horse’s mouth. These aren’t tabloid stories or PR blasts from the Royal Family, and boy it’s getting juicy! Harry has opened up about his time in the military, losing his virginity, fighting with his brother, and drug use. Prince Harry is letting us inside his life and times and explaining why he felt the need to experiment with drugs and what one’s he’s taken.

Smoking weed

The profile of a person smoking a joint

Prince Harry started smoking weed as a teen and it doesn’t seem like he’s stopped. He’s mentioned smoking as late as when we first started dating Megan Markle. As well as mentioning enjoying joints on the Royal grounds. In his teen’s, the Tabloids labeled him as “Hash Harry” and it’s reported that he was sent to rehab for a day at age 16 for consuming cannabis. These days it’s safe to assume that either Harry doesn’t have issues with pot or consumes from time to time (or may potentially be a regular user).

Other bombshells in this memoir detail his early use of cocaine as a teenager. It was a way to try to fit in and find something that could help numb him from the pain of losing his mom at an early age. He mentions trying it from time to time, but not particularly liking how it made him feel and saw it as a liability to his reputation. This is strange as his reputation eventually fell into the public perception as a partier.

His memoir also goes into detail about experimenting with both psilocybin mushrooms and ayahuasca. While the crown prince doesn’t recommend folks recreationally experiment with these substances, he recently sat down with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes and opened up about experimenting with hallucinogens and how it helped him cope with loss and see the world in a better light. He claimed to hold onto grief from the loss of his mom and the inability to process that as a 12-year-old. Drugs helped him find peace and inner clarity. He claims that while tripping he saw a whole new reality and after he came down, he saw the world as twice as beautiful after unlocking a connection with a “different” side of reality.

A variety of mushrooms spread across a countertop with stirring spoons and a knife.

Over the last few years, multiple celebrities and high-level entrepreneurs have opened up about using hallucinogens to better understand themselves, sharpen their minds, and get in touch with the world. The studies were seeing on cannabis and allogenic use are showing positive impacts on minds and incredible benefits to dealing with trauma, addiction, and mental issues. Seeing one of the most high-ranking and ideally “perfect” individuals in the world open up about the positive benefits of these substances is another step in helping better shape the stigma around their use.

Shout Prince Harry for being vulnerable!

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