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Dax Shepard jokes about Prince Harry’s Las Vegas party trip in mental health podcast

Prince Harry’s infamous party trip to Las Vegas which saw naked photos of him leaked to the press was brought up by host Dax Shepard in their 90-minute podcast chat.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, laughed nervously after the American actor, who is married to Frozen star Kristen Bell, cracked a joke about the royal’s well-known visit to the Entertainment Capital of the World.

In 2012, Harry enjoyed a wild weekend in Las Vegas, where he was snapped in just a necklace while a naked girl hid behind him following a game of strip billiards in his VIP suite. 

During Dax’s ‘Armchair Expert’ show, the royal was chatting about how people are more likely to run away and rebel after being told ‘you need help’ when the host mentioned the notorious trip, joking: ‘[Or] take your clothes off in Las Vegas’.

Prince Harry’s infamous party trip to Las Vegas which saw naked photos of him leaked to the press was brought up by host Dax Shepard in their 90-minute podcast chat. Pictured, Prince Harry, left, in 2012

The Duke of Sussex, 36, laughed nervously after the American actor (pictured in January 2020), who is married to Frozen star Kristen Bell, cracked a joke about the royal's well-known visit to the Entertainment Capital of the World

The Duke of Sussex, 36, laughed nervously after the American actor (pictured in January 2020), who is married to Frozen star Kristen Bell, cracked a joke about the royal’s well-known visit to the Entertainment Capital of the World

Discussing how his mental health struggles were dealt with when he was a child, Harry said: ‘[I was told] You need help. As a case of, not weakness but “I don’t know how to deal with this. You’re unhinged, you’re not very well, go and seek help”.

He said it had caused him to ‘object and run away’, saying: ‘Everyone of us will try to find some way to mask the actual feeling and try to feel different than how we actually feel.’

The duke added: ‘And it’s well, rule number one is, when you actually want or feel as though someone needs help, telling them to their face “you need help”, is probably the best way for them to go: “Er no, no I don’t. Object, runaway.

‘Delay or these kinds of things or go and drink or take drugs or whatever, you find different ways,’ before Dax adds: ‘Take your clothes off in Vegas.’

The trip was also mentioned earlier in the podcast, with the host admitting he first knew about Prince Harry because of the ‘awesome nude photos’. 

In 2012, Harry (pictured earlier this month) enjoyed a wild weekend in Las Vegas, where he was snapped in just a necklace while a naked girl hid behind him following a game of strip billiards in his VIP suite

In 2012, Harry (pictured earlier this month) enjoyed a wild weekend in Las Vegas, where he was snapped in just a necklace while a naked girl hid behind him following a game of strip billiards in his VIP suite

‘I’m really excited to meet you, because in full disclosure I’m the most ill-informed person on the Royal Family, at least in my circle,’ said Dax. 

‘You’re the only one I ever knew, and simply because you were in those awesome nude photos in Vegas. And I literally said to myself, “this guy’s a party”.’

To which Harry replied: ‘I’m sure, you’re constantly looking for other people to kind of balance out your behaviour, right? It’s relatable.’

Dax added: ‘On top of that I was like, “[he’s] got a good body!” You were in tremendous shape,’ to which Harry awkwardly responded: ‘Now it’s getting weird’, before revealing: ‘That was a few weeks before I went to Afghanistan.’ 

Dax Shepard, who is married to actress Kristen Bell, runs the popular podcast that interviews stars in America. It's been bought up by Spotify, who have done a deal with the Sussexes

Dax Shepard, who is married to actress Kristen Bell, runs the popular podcast that interviews stars in America. It’s been bought up by Spotify, who have done a deal with the Sussexes

Elsewhere in the podcast, Harry also compared his life as a mixture of The Truman Show – when Jim Carrey’s character discovers his life is a TV show – and being an animal at the zoo as he discussed his mental health and listeners insisted he is developing an american twang to his British accent.

When asked if he felt ‘in a cage’ while in royal duties, he said: ‘It’s the job right? Grin and bear it. Get on with it. I was in my early twenties and I was thinking I don’t want this job, I don’t want to be here. 

‘I don’t want to be doing this. Look what it did to my mum, how am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and family when I know it’s going to happen again’. 

He added: ‘I’ve seen behind the curtain, I’ve seen the business model and seen how this whole thing works and I don’t want to be part of this’, before revealing he had therapy after meeting Meghan, which ‘burst’ a bubble and he decided to ‘stop complaining’. 


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