Prince Harry opens up about how his mother’s death caused ‘total chaos’ in his life

In a groundbreaking and brave interview that is the first of it’s kind from a member of the royal family, Prince Harry spoke candidly about mental health and his personal struggles.

Breaking years of British ‘stiff upper lip’ (as his brother Prince William would say) from the royal family, Prince Harry opened up about his severe emotional and mental struggle in the years following his mother’s death. Prince Harry confessed that he sought counselling in order to help him come to terms with Princess Diana’s death.

He described a couple of years in his twenties as ‘total chaos’, caused by his inability to properly process and deal with his mother’s untimely and tragic death.

The Prince told The Telegraph that he “shut down all his emotions” for almost 20 years after Diana, Princess of Wales died, despite his brother, Prince William, trying to persuade him to seek help.

Both Prince William and Prince Harry have spoken in the past about how they wish they had opened up more about Diana after she died.

Prince Harry was just 12 when Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car accident. Harry’s inability to process the loss and the grief caused him severe anxiety and anger.

“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,” he said.

The Prince confessed that he struggled being in the public eye and carrying out his official duties at royal engagements and events.

During the honest and heartfelt interview, Harry confesses he was “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions”.

Now aged 32 and talking about his struggles with mental health 20 years after his mother’s death, Harry revealed that he is finally in “a good place”.

There is speculation that Prince Harry has found happiness in recent years thanks to meeting his girlfriend Meghan Markle. She is said to be a very positive influence on him.

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Prince Harry hopes his decision to speak candidly and openly about his personal struggles will encourage others to talk about their problems too.

The interview and podcast featuring Prince Harry are part of his ongoing work with Prince William and Kate and their ‘Heads Together’ campaign that seeks to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Prince William has also been taking part, sharing a video of a phone call he had with US singer and global superstar Lady Gaga on the subject of mental health.

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The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry will attend several events together for the Heads Together campaign in the lead up to the London Marathon on Sunday April 23rd 2017. In addition, the Duchess of Cambridge is scheduled to host runners from Team Heads Together at Kensington Palace this week as they prepare for the marathon.