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Prince Harry Reveals he Went to Therapy After  

Almost Having ‘Complete Breakdown’ Over Diana’s Death 

by Kate Feldman

Prince Harry finally let himself feel the effects of his mother’s death a decade later.

The 32-year-old royal spoke out about a near “complete breakdown” several years ago, an experience that sent him searching for help from a counselor.

“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 on the Telegraph’s “Mad World” podcast.

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

Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris in August 1997, when Harry was just 12 years old. He didn’t allow himself to grieve or accept his depression for years though, he said. “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,’” he said. “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 that I need to deal with.”

Finally, at 28, he sought help from a therapist after two years of “total chaos.” And he encourages others to do the same. “What we are trying to do is normalise the conversation to the point where anyone can sit down and have a coffee and just go ‘you know what, I’ve had a really s--t day, can I just tell about it?’ Because then you walk away and it’s done,” Harry told the Telegraph.

“Because of the process I have been through over the past two and a half 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.”