Prince Harry opens up about dealing with his mother's death

Must See 18/04/2017

Prince Harry was just 12 years old when his mother was killed in a car accident. 

In a remarkable interview, the Prince spoke frankly about his mental health for a full 30 minutes. 

He said the death of his mother had "a quite serious effect" on his mental health, leading to grief and anxiety he didn't address until his late 20s.

He counted himself lucky that after 20 years of avoiding the grief, he had only two years of "total chaos".

"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 my personal life, but also my work as well," he told Bryony Gordon for her podcast, Mad World.

Prince Harry said he only sought help three years ago, after his brother Prince William told him he needed to deal with his grief.

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?

"[I thought] it's only going to make you sad, it's not going to bring her back.

"So from an emotional side, I was like, 'Right, don't ever let your emotions be part of anything.'

"So I was a typical 20-, 25-, 28-year-old running around going 'life is great', or 'life is fine' and that was exactly it.

"And then [I] started to have a few conversations and actually all of a sudden all of this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was like, 'There is actually a lot of stuff here I need to deal with.'"

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