The 36-year-old prince seemingly referenced his late mother Princess Diana – who died in a Paris car crash in 1997 – as he discussed how thankful he is to have wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, by his side during some “unbelievably tough” times and admitted he “can’t begin to imagine” how difficult things were for his parent, who gave up the Her Royal Highness title after divorcing Prince Charles in 1996.

In a teaser clip for Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming interview with the couple – who stepped back from royal life and moved to America a year ago – Harry said: “My biggest concern was history repeating itself.

“For me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here, talking to you with my wife by my side.”

As an image of a young Harry with his mother then appeared on screen, he continued: “Because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her going through this process by herself all those years ago because it has been unbelievably tough for the two of us but at least we had each other.”

In the two clips that have been released ahead of the interview airing on CBS on 7 March, Oprah said that she could talk about anything with the couple, who are expecting their second child, a sibling for 21-month-old Archie.