Prince Harry Opens Up About Being "Close to a Complete Breakdown" After Losing His Mother
Almost 20 years after the tragic death of his mother, Princess Diana, Prince Harry is sharing his experience of coping with unimaginable grief in order to help de-stigmatize the importance of taking care of your mental health.
In a recent interview with The Telegraph's "Mad World" podcast, the 32-year-old spoke candidly of how his life descended into "total chaos" in the decades after he lost his mother in a tragic car accident in Paris in 1997—when he was just 12 years old. To cope with his mother's death, Prince Harry revealed that he grew emotionally distant, and began "sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my
The British royal also revealed that having to deal with the death of his mother in the public eye only made it that much harder for him, and it began to take a toll on every aspect of his life.
"I can safely say that losing my
By the time he reached his late 20s, things had only gotten worse, and eventually, his brother, Prince William, encouraged him to seek professional help. He then saw a therapist "more than a couple of times."
"My brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me," Prince Harry said. "He kept saying, 'This is not right, this is not normal. You need to talk to [someone] about stuff. It's OK.'"
He also revealed that he'd taken up boxing as a way to combat the anxiety he's developed over the years, and combined with the work he's done over the past few years, he added his belief that he's in "a good place" now.
"Because of the process I have been through over the past two and a half to three years, I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, been able to take my private life seriously as well, and been able to put blood, sweat, and tears into the things that really make a difference and things that I think will make a difference to everybody else," he said. "I know there is huge merit in talking about your issues and the only thing about keeping it quiet is that it's only ever going to make it worse."
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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