Ahead of the airing of a one-hour special this Friday 16 June on CTV, Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV National News Lisa LaFlamme has shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her exclusive interview with Prince Harry.
The hour-long special focuses primarily on mental health and “the importance of admitting, out loud, when something’s wrong and the strength to allow others in, to help.”
LaFlamme said that ”The conversation with Prince Harry was as comfortable as sitting across from one of my nephews, and the same logic applied — ask very few questions, and you get way more information than you bargained for.”
Though Palace PR asked LaFlamme to stay away from the topic of Harry’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, she said, “It was inevitable that this most sensitive subject emerge from Harry himself.”
“He is all about authenticity now and facing up to things in life we don’t ask for but are forced to ‘manage’ – like a war amputation or the loss of a mother as a 12-year-old boy. To Harry, these wounds trigger the same emotional eventuality. Ignore the demons, and they will haunt you forever. Reveal them and find strength in the support of those around you.”
This family support is a key tenant and theme of the Invictus Games, Prince Harry’s outreach to the military, “to the men and women who’ve served their countries only to come back forever changed — physically or mentally.” Harry’s passion for the welfare of the soldiers he once fought beside is displayed to full effect when he and LaFlamme moved their conversation outside to join two wounded soldiers and their families.
“One soldier is a triple amputee with five children. Yes, five children. Prince Harry immediately focused on the kids and even sat right down on the grass so he could look them in the eye. He made them feel special and at home in the place where he is most comfortable.”
The group spoke about Toronto, and the growing excitement for the Invictus Games which will be hosted there this September, but anyone hoping for revelations about Prince Harry’s relationship with Toronto-based Meghan Markle will be disappointed.
LaFlamme said “We talked about Toronto, a city he now knows well as a regular visitor to see his girlfriend — and no, I didn’t ask about his romantic relationship or whether he’s about to pop the question. As curious as I am, I decided his love life couldn’t eclipse the importance of Invictus.”
Harry’s love for Canada is clear, however, and he shares vivid childhood memories about the country with LaFlamme. Prince Harry: Journey to Invictus will air on CTV at 9 pm EST.