Britain's Prince Harry was "broken" when his time with the army was cut short.
The 31-year-old royal serviced two operational tours with the Armed Forces but it had to be ended earlier than planned after his deployment was leaked.
Speaking on Good Morning America, he said: "Ten years in the Army was the best escape I ever had. I'd done everything I could to get out there. I felt as though I was really achieving something. I felt as though I was part of a team.
"Literally being plucked out, there was an element of me thinking, 'I'm an officer, I'm leaving my soldiers and it's not my own decision.' I was broken."
The Prince also revealed he felt he had a point to prove and wanted people to see he "had a set of skills - rather than just being Prince Harry".
Meanwhile, the Prince has since turned his attention to helping wounded soldiers with their rehabilitation by creating the Invictus Games.
The third instalment of the Paralympic-style event for injured servicemen and women is set to take place in Toronto, Canada next September, the Prince confirmed earlier this week.
Announcing the news, he said: "I always hoped the Invictus story would continue after the London games. And having seen so many new people benefit from their journey to Orlando this year, I definitely didn't want it to end here. So today, I am absolutely delighted to announce that the Invictus legacy will continue when Toronto hosts the third Invictus Games in September 2017."