In a surprisingly candid interview, Prince Harry revealed his struggles and difficulties in the wake of Princess Diana’s death in 1997.
Prince Harry on seeking help after two years of “total chaos” has brought him to a “good place,” he says.
THE DEPRESSION STAGE.
Prince Harry said that his way of dealing with his mother’s sudden and shocking death in-car accident had simply shut down his emotions. “Losing my mum at the age of 12, and shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had serious effect on my life and my work,”.
My way of dealing with my mom’s death was sticking my head in the sand. I refused to ever think about my mum as why would that help? It’s only going to make me sad. It’s not going to bring her back”, he said.
THE ADULT STAGE.
As the time passed, in his 20’s, he said he felt like he was going to explode. “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown and the feeling of depression on many occasions. All this happened when all sorts of grief, lies and misconceptions were coming to me from every angle,” he said.
He also participated in “Mad World” podcasts relating to people telling about their struggles and hardships occurring in personal lives. Price Harry, his brother and his sister-in-law, have also set up the charity Heads together to promote mental health.
THE IMAGE IN THE EYES OF PUBLIC.
Prince Harry gained a reputation known as the ‘wild brother’. He gained this particularly after the photos of his nude hijinks in a Las Vegas hotel room. But now Prince Harry is involved in numerous charitable projects. Some of them are working to eliminate hidden land mines, encouraging HIV testing and many more.
THE COUNSELING SESSIONS.
His emotional struggles, including two years of “total chaos,” Harry said he finally sought counseling at the age of 28 and started opening up about his feelings. He also encouraged others to learn from his struggles. “The experience I have had is once you start talking about it, you realize everything” he said.