The world was devastated when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash almost 20 years ago. In fact, it’s hard to believe that it’s been so long. If the public was in mourning, we can only imagine how painful it was for her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
The trio were notoriously close and Harry was just 12 when he lost his mother. In a recent interview, the 32-year-old royal opened up about his suffering and, to be honest, it is pretty heartbreaking.
“In my case, suit and tie, every single time I was in any room with loads of people, which is quite often, I was just pouring with sweat, like heart beating — boom, boom, boom, boom — and literally just like a washing machine,” he revealed. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, get me out of here now. Oh, hang on, I can’t get out of here, I have got to just hide it.”
Fortunately, he was able to seek help professional help several years ago which was especially helpful after serving in Afghanistan while in the military. “If you lose your mum at the age of 12, you have got to deal with it,” he said. “The idea that 20 years later I still hadn’t really… that 15, 17 years later I still hadn’t dealt with it. Afghan was the moment where I was like, ‘Right, deal with it.’”
Fortunately, things clicked into place for him and he had a defining moment of clarity. “Once I plucked my head out of the sand, post-Afghan… it had a huge.. life changing moment for me,” he said. “It was like, right, you are… Prince Harry, you can do this, as long are you’re not a complete tit, then you’re gonna be able to get that support, because you’ve got the credibility of 10 years’ service and therefore, you can really make a difference.”
One of the things that he has found especially helpful is talking with others who have experienced similar trauma which speaks to why support groups, for example, can be so therapeutic.
Ultimately, he is speaking out to raise awareness about the importance of seeking professional help to deal with emotional issues. “You help yourself, so you can help others,” he continued. “And I think that is hugely powerful.”