Hungarian writer Gábor Máté has had the honour of working with Prince Harry on his recently published memoir. However, after the interview was scheduled, he was targeted by the British press. The specialist has also come under attack for his working methods and sharp remarks on the Palestinians.
Hungarian-born Canadian doctor, writer, psychotherapist and trauma expert Gábor Máté shared in a Facebook post on 25 February that he scheduled an interview with Prince Harry on 4 March in connection with his memoir Spare. The book was published on 10 January 2023 and is the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time but has been repeatedly criticised in the press. Now, articles in the British press condemning Gábor Máté’s methods appeared after he announced the talk. As the article points out, there is a shocking story behind the expert’s statement, which many consider to be anti-Palestinian.
According to DailyMail, Máté is an outspoken advocate of drug decriminalisation and has previously used the Amazonian ayahuasca plant to treat his patients suffering from mental illness. The psychedelic plant, which is consumed as a brewed drink, causes hallucinations and other side effects, including vomiting.
According to the journal, he regularly expresses his views not only in his field of expertise but also outside it. One example is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which appeared as a topic on a podcast by comedian Russell Brand, in which Gábor Máté was a guest.
“There’s no way you could have ever created a Jewish state without oppressing and expelling the local population,” he said on the topic. Maté called Gaza the “world’s largest outdoor prison.” “Given those conditions, of course, people will go for extremist leadership,” he added, referring to the 2006 election victory of Hamas.
He says that the trauma he suffered as a child still affects his life as an adult, and he has an intense emotional reaction to the threat of abandonment. Born in Budapest in 1944, the writer and psychotherapist was separated from her mother as an infant to save his life, while his father was subjected to forced labour by the Nazis. The academic described how he was unable to look at his mother when they were finally reunited due to feelings of abandonment, rage and despair, writes DailyMail.
According to Index, of course, this does not validate his strong statements and his working methods. Prince Harry’s decision is not surprising, however, it is a further sign of his commitment to therapeutic healing.
The event, organised jointly by Prince Harry and his publisher Penguin Random House, will take place online at 5 PM UK time on Saturday 4 March. Therefore, anyone can join in. Registration is open until 1 March. People can send their questions and get an answer live. Tickets are available at PrinceHarryMemoir.com.
Source: index.hu, dailymail.co.uk, princeharrymemoir.com