Prince Harry stated in a recent interview of how he had suffered for many years following the passing of his mother, the UK’s Princess Diana, before he got help about three years back with the urging and assistance of Prince William, his older brother.
The unexpectedly candid statement from the prince, featured in a recent podcast by news outlet The Daily Telegraph on Monday, has been the latest suggestion of a more open shift in British Royalty.
Prince Harry, who is now 32, stated that avoiding to deal with his trauma contributed to many years of what he described “total chaos” throughout his 20s.
“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,” the prince said.
Prince Harry mentioned: “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.”
Coping With Tragedy
During the podcast, the Prince stated that he originally tried coping with his mother’s tragedy by completely avoiding all talks about the subject.
“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?” stated Harry. He also remember thinking: “ ‘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.’ ”
Prince Harry also praised many virtues from obtaining professional help from a therapist.
“Some of the best people or easiest people to speak to is a shrink or whoever — the Americans call them shrinks — someone you have never met before,” he stated. “You sit down on the sofa and say: ‘Listen, I don’t actually need your advice. Can you just listen?’ And you just let it all rip.”