He never had to address this publicly, and I applaud him for doing so.
In a candid new interview, Prince Harry has revealed that he sought counseling to cope with his mother's death.
The revelation is important, now that Harry, his older brother William and his wife Kate Middleton are leading a campaign to end the stigma around mental illness.
Princess Diana sadly died at the age of 36, on August 31st, 1997 following a car accident. This year marks the 20th anniversary of her passing.
In the interview, Harry 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,”
“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.”
“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 recalled 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.’ ”
“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 said. “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.”