A royal commentator has questioned Prince Harry's claims that he was unable to cycle in public with his family growing up in the UK.

In his interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, the Duke of Sussex said: "I guess the highlight for me is sticking him [Archie] on the back of a bicycle in his little baby seat and taking him on bike rides which is something I was never able to do when I was young."

He reiterated those claims to Dax Shepard on the Armchair Expert podcast earlier this month, saying he "would never have had the chance" to go on the back of his father Charles' bike as he had done with Archie.

But, as Daniela Elser points out, there are in fact photos of Harry enjoying a bike ride with his family as a youngster.

Elser, writing in news.com.au, said: "As far as Harry is concerned it is only now that he has the freedom to strap in his two-year-old boy and cycle around the exclusive neighbourhood, just a father and son, the dappled sunshine and a Range Rover full of protection officers purring along in their wake."

But, she says, on at least four occasions Prince Charles did take him and Prince William out for a hearty peddle session "because there are some uncomfortable family photos of him doing it".

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And Charles was "caught" riding around Balmoral in 1988 towing a four-year-old Harry behind him in a cart.

Elser goes on to cite several occasions where the young family saddled up while in Balmoral and on holiday on the Isle of Scilly.

She also says in 1990 Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry were snapped cycling on the Sandringham estate.

It comes after Harry bravely opened up to Oprah Winfrey that he resorted to drugs and alcohol to cope with the tragedy of losing his mother Princess Diana at a young age.

Speaking on the Apple TV+ documentary The Me You Can't See, he said: "I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs.

"I was willing to do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling, but I slowly became aware that, okay, I wasn't drinking Monday to Friday, but I would probably drink a week's worth in one day on a Friday or a Saturday night.

"I would find myself drinking not because I was enjoying it, but because I was trying to mask something."

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