Prince Harry's televised therapy session in his new documentary series has been slammed by a royal expert who says it's as "inappropriate as having sexual intercourse on television".
Lady Colin Campbell, who wrote the book Meghan and Harry: The Real Story, believes that taking part in a therapy session on television is "a violation of not only the privacy of the person who is agreeing to it".
The Duke of Sussex was filmed taking part in an eye movement desensitization and reprocessing session, or EMDR therapy as part of his new Apple TV+ series on mental health with US talkshow host Oprah Winfrey The Me You Can't See.
The Duke of Sussex volunteered to undergo psychotherapy on camera to demonstrate how "mental wellness is an ongoing pursuit".
But Lady Colin Campbell has told the Daily Star that in her view there is "no justification" for Harry's decision to televise the session.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Lady C said: "I also have grave reservations, as someone who has over the decades has had television people and writers wanting to do therapy on television on me and you know, I recoiled from things like that – it is inappropriate.
She added that her opinion is that: "It is as inappropriate to have a therapy session on television, just as it is to have sexual intercourse on television.
"Both of them are wildly inappropriate.
"They are private and there is no justification for having them on television, ever.
"It is a violation of not only the privacy of the person who is agreeing to it, it is just wrong in every way, shape or form."
She added: "He had a therapy session on television. It is not appropriate.
"It’s not more appropriate to have a therapy session on television than it is to have sexual intercourse.
"The two things are equally private and also Harry shares rather too much."
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Speaking to Town and Country magazine, the director of The Me You Can't See episode, Dawn Porter, recently revealed that it was the duke’s idea to undergo the treatment on camera.
"He volunteered, he was game for trying something," she told the publication.
"And we thought well, we have the opportunity to film this [therapy] and maybe this is something that will work for some people, maybe it won’t, but the idea is that you don’t tick a box and you’re done, mental wellness is an ongoing pursuit.
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"You have to continue to try new things and to push yourself and his volunteering to try something was a great way to emphasise and underscore that point."
In the episode, Prince Harry explains that he first chose to undergo EMDR in order to deal with the loss of his mother Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997 when he was 12 years old.
"EMDR is always something that I wanted to try and that was one of the varieties of different forms of healing or curing that I was willing to experiment with, and I never would have been open to that had I not put in the work and the therapy that I’ve done over the years," the duke told Winfrey.
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The EMDR Institute says the therapy "is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences."
It comes after former I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! contestant Lady C launched a petition calling for Prince Harry to request the Queen suspend his royal title
Daily Star exclusively revealed that Lady Colin Campbell launched the petition saying it's "the right thing to do" and thousands of people have since signed it.
The petition is available to sign on Change.org here.
Daily Star has contacted Prince Harry's representative for comment.
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