Prince Harry Reveals Mental Health Issues After Mother’s Death

Prince Harry

Prince Harry is opening up a new interview about the grief and mental health issues he dealt with following the death of his mother, Princess Diana, nearly 20 years ago.

Speaking with Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, the 32-year-old admitted burying “his head in the sand for many, many years” following her car crash death in 1997. Harry said he was “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions” and had endured “years of total chaos” because he was unable to deal with his grief.

It was only a couple of years ago, at the urging of his brother, Prince William, that he sought professional help and began to deal with the events of his past.

“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,” 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,” he added.

Recently, Harry has teamed up with William and Kate Middleton to launch a mental health charity called Heads Together. They hope to encourage others to share their stories around mental health in order to spark conversation and remove the stigma and shame around this topic.

“There are times when, whoever we are, it is hard to cope with challenge—and when that happens being open and honest and asking for help is life-changing,” said William. “Talking to someone else is a positive and confident step to take, but for too long it has been a case of ‘Keep Quiet and Carry On.’ As a result, too many people have suffered in silence for too long, and the effects of this can be devastating.”