Prince Harry has admitted he sought counselling after two years of ‘total chaos’ as he struggled to come to terms with his mother, Princess Diana’s death.
He revealed how his brother, Prince William implored him to get help after ‘shutting down all his emotions’ for nearly 20 years following Diana’s death in a car crash in 1997.
The prince, who was 12 years old at the time, finally addressed his grief at the age of 28 after claiming he was ‘on the verge of punching someone’.
In a candid interview with The Telegraph, he said the death had left him feeling anxious during royal engagements and that he even took up boxing to help ease his aggression.
Prince Harry told The Telegraph: ‘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.
Now 32, the royal said he was ‘in a good place’ after receiving counselling, but admitted he was forced to avoid thinking about his mother in his teenage years.
While acknowledging that his mental health difficulties have had an effect on his personal life – although he did not mention his previous girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas – Harry said he was now in a ‘good place’ and was looking forward to having children of his own.
He side-stepped questions about his current love life several times – he has been dating American actress Meghan Markle, 35, for the last nine months – but said that he was finally in a position to take his private life seriously. He added that talking about mental health had proved to be the huge turning point for him.
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