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31 July 2017, 11:30
James O'Brien: What Royals Did To Harry Would Get Others Reported To Social Services
James O'Brien believes what the Royal Family put Harry through following the death of Princess Diana would be worthy of reporting to social services in any other family.
According to Earl Spencer, to avoid the public turning on Prince Charles, courtiers decided that a very young Prince William and Harry would walk behind the coffin containing their mother's body.
And James believes that could have caused severe damage to a 12-year-old boy.
Speaking on his LBC show, James said: "Prince Harry seems to me to have grown up to become a really impressive young man. And he has spoken with incredible honesty about some of the difficulties he's faced processing his grief.
"The comments made by his uncle Charles Spencer about that walk behind the coffin constitute one of the grimmest interventions into British public life that I can remember reading about.
"When you see the face of Prince Harry, think about his age at the time and contemplate the contents of the coffin that he was walking behind, I would call social services if that was unfolding in any other context.
"To expose a child, still raw with the most profound of all imaginable losses, to that form of pubic glare, simply to protect his deadbeat dad, you might say, from a deserved public disapproval speaks to me of something I can't quite articulate.
"It could chew up a lad like Prince Harry and spit him out, all for the price of public face-saving."