Prince Harry told Oprah he feels it's his "duty to break that cycle" we went through for son Archie.

He told her that he 'feared' he'd raise Archie alone if Meghan "ended up like his mother".

The Duke of Sussex sat down with the US host to discuss mental health in their new documentary series, The Me You Can't See.

He opened up about experiencing panic attacks and anxiety for several years and the difficulty of dealing with the trauma after his mother's death, Princess Diana.

The 36-year-old also shared that he was "willing" to use drugs and alcohol to "mask" how he was feeling, although didn't know at the time he was using it as a barrier.

Harry, who moved to the US with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie last year, told Oprah: "If you have been through something that doesn't mean your kids or everybody else has to go through the same thing you've been through.

"I know it's my responsibility my duty to break that cycle."

The show also shared a sweet video of Meghan and Archie on the beach, with the toddler running through his father's legs.

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In the second episode of the series, Harry continues: "I had a son who I far rather be solely focused on, rather every time I look into his eyes wondering if my wife is going to end up like my mother and I'm going to look after him myself."

He admitted it was one of the 'biggest reasons to leave' the UK.

Meghan spoke about having suicidal thoughts while pregnant with Archie to Oprah in a previous interview aired in March.

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The Duchess claimed she sought help from Buckingham Palace, leading to her and Harry making plans to move away from the UK.

The new series, now streaming from Apple TV after being released on May 21, sees Harry speak about the stigma around mental health and how to break down the barriers by opening up the conversation.

He also said in the show that members of the Royal Family allegedly told him to "just play the game" to make "life easier" after the death of his mother.

"Family members have said 'Just play the game and your life will be easier. But I've got a hell of a lot of my mum in me," Harry claimed.

"I feel as though I'm outside of the system but I'm still stuck there," he explained. "The only way to free yourself and break out is to tell the truth."

Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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