Prince Harry is opening up about the struggles he went through during his 20s and how he went to therapy with huge support from his brother Prince William.
The 32-year-old royal discussed the grief of losing his mother, saying, “I’ve spent most of my life saying ‘I’m fine’, and most of us aren’t up for going that deep. So today I’m okay. I’m a little bit nervous. I’m a little bit tight in the chest but otherwise fine.”
During his 20s, Harry went through a two-year period of total chaos after spending nearly 20 years not thinking about the death of his mother. The prince was 12 years old when Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash but he said it was not until his late 20s that he processed the grief. The unfortunate event has definitely taken a huge toll on his mental health.
“I can safely say that losing my mom at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well. 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?”
Harry, who is currently in a relationship with Suits actress Meghan Markle, says he is in a good place today. “Because of the process that I’ve been through over the last 2½-3 years, I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, be able to take my private life seriously as well, and be able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference.”