After nearly 23 years, Prince Harry has revealed his struggles in the wake of Princess Diana’s death in 1997.
Prince Harry told The Telegraph how counselling helped him cope with his mother’s death.
He also told that dealing with his mother’s sudden death in a car accident in Paris was very difficult so he simply shut down his emotions. “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” said Harry.
He further added by saying: “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum because why would that help? It’s only going to make you sad. It’s definitely not going to bring her back”. By the time Prince Harry was in his 20s, he said he felt like he was going to explode. “I have perhaps been very close to a complete breakdown on many occasions. There are times when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything is coming to you from every angle,” he said.
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Prince Harry also spoke about his experiences as part of The Telegraph’s series of “Mad World” podcasts about how people grapple with mental health issues. Prince Harry participated in order to battle the stigma surrounding opening up about personal problems and to encourage people to get help.
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Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, along with his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, have also set up the charity Heads Together to promote mental health. Harry gained a reputation known as the wild brother.
But now he’s involved in numerous charitable projects such as supporting the Invictus Games for wounded warriors, working to eliminate hidden land mines, encouraging HIV testing and helping to save elephants in Africa.
As for his emotional struggles, including two years of “total chaos,” Harry said he finally sought counselling at the age of 28 and started opening up about his feelings. He also said boxing lessons helped after he came very close to “punching someone.” Now, he’s in a “good place.” Harry encouraged others to learn from his struggles.
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“The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realize that actually, you’re part of quite a big club,” he said.
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