Prince Harry has spoken for the first time about the years of “total chaos” after his mother’s death.
The 32-year-old royal has revealed how he sought counselling after coming close to a breakdown following more than 15 years of “not thinking” about the death of his mother.
Harry said he decided to see a counsellor after his mother’s death. The prince was just 12 when Diana died but he was still struggling to come to terms with her death during his late twenties.
“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’. 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.
The Prince, together with his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have set up Heads Together, a charity that promotes good mental well-being.
He said he now felt able to put “blood, sweat and tears” into making a difference for others.
“The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realize that actually you’re part of quite a big club,” he said.
Later this year, Harry will commemorate the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death, commissioning a statue and presenting awards in her name to honour “kindness, compassion and service”.