Prince Harry speaks openly about seeking counselling after his mother’s death
Prince Harry opens up about the struggles he had with mental health following the death of his mother. He gave an interview to Bryony Gordon for her podcast, Mad World, which offers a rare glimpse into the private life of the royal family.
Prince Harry revealed that he sought counselling after coming close to a "complete breakdown" while struggling to deal with the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. He said “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 blames not dealing with the trauma to contributing to years of “total chaos” in his late twenties with the grief even causing him to face anxiety when attending royal engagements. He had to deal with the loss of his mother at such a young age but he also had to experience that pain on a very public platform. 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?”
During 1997, Buckingham Palace came under scrutiny as they remained silent following the Princess of Wales’ death. However, with the younger royals there seems to be a shift towards openness as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, jointly co-ordinate The Heads Together campaign with the aim to end stigma around mental health in the UK.
The down to earth Prince has a personable image fitting of a modern royal family, in admitting that he struggled with his mother’s death in his late twenties he hopes to encourage people to be more open with their emotions.
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