Prince Harry reveals he sought counseling to deal with mother’s death

Prince Harry has revealed that he sought professional counseling to help him deal with Princess Diana’s death. Prince Harry lost his mother when he was just 12 years old and spent the last two decades with his “head in the sand,” refusing to think about his mother.
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Prince Harry has shared that he spent his teen years “not thinking” about his mother’s death. “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?” he said. “[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.’”

The 32-year-old prince told The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon that he was “on the verge of punching someone” on numerous occasions during royal events and that he had no idea what was making him feel this way. “Then I started to have a few conversations and then, all of a sudden, all of this grief that I'd never processed came to the forefront,” he stated. “I was like, ‘there's actually a lot of stuff here I need to deal with.’”

Prince Harry said that his brother William was a big help to him and urged him to seek professional help. He also took up boxing “because everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it’s a really good way of letting out aggression.” The member of the British royal family added that he is in a “good place” now.

“I can safely say that losing my mom 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 continued. Gordon began the podcast, which featured Prince Harry as its first guest, in order to talk about mental health issues.

Prince Harry agreed to do the interview in order to promote the mental health charity he founded along with his sister-in-law and brother, Heads Together, and encourage the public to talk about their feelings and struggles with their loved ones.

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