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Prince Harry explains ‘chaos’ after Princess Diana’s death

Published Apr 18, 2017, 4:25 am IST
Updated Apr 18, 2017, 4:26 am IST
British Prince ‘shut down all his emotions’ for almost two decades.
Prince William (L) and Prince Harry bow their heads during the funeral service for Diana on September 6, 1997
 Prince William (L) and Prince Harry bow their heads during the funeral service for Diana on September 6, 1997

Britain’s Prince Harry has revealed that he was “very close to a complete breakdown” after the tragic death of his mother Princess Diana in 1997 and sought counselling four years ago to deal with the “total chaos”, he said.

He “shut down all his emotions” for almost two decades after losing his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, despite his older brother, Prince William, trying to persuade him to seek help, the 32-year-old said in an interview published by the Telegraph on Monday.

Disclosing that he has spoken to a professional about his mental health, he describes how he only began to address his grief when he was 28 after feeling “on the verge of punching someone” and facing anxiety during royal engagements.

“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? It’s only going to make you sad. It’s not going to bring her back,” the fifth in line to the British throne said of his mother’s death.

“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,” Harry said. “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and all sorts of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” he added.


“It was 20 years of not thinking about it and then two years of total chaos... I didn’t know what was wrong with me,” he said. So from an emotional side, I was like “right, don't ever let your emotions be part of anything.”



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