Prince Harry Reveals He Sought Therapy to Help Cope With His Mom's Death

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Confronting the death of a parent is difficult at any age, but to lose your mother at the age of 12 in such a public way can be devastating. Prince Harry shared that he pursued therapy after his life devolved into "total chaos" in his late 20s as a result of grief and anxiety caused by his mom Princess Diana's death. 

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The 32-year-old redheaded royal spoke openly during an interview with the Telegraph for its Mad World podcast and he revealed that he "shut down all his emotions" for more than a dozen years.

It's certainly easy to understand considering he was so young when his beloved mom was killed in a car accident in 1997 that left the whole world reeling.  

Rather than dealing with his loss, the prince said he found himself "sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help? 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.'"

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That breaks your heart, doesn't it? And yet it's so relatable at the same time. For so many people who've lost a loved one, those feelings are so common. It's much easier to push away those dark thoughts rather than face them head on.

Yet, as Harry acknowledges, ignoring a tragedy can only ever work for so long. Eventually, it catches up to you and it will undo you. The prince said that closing himself off to those emotions had a "serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well."

We give Harry tons of credit for speaking so candidly. He and his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate have partnered with Heads Up Together, a charity aimed at removing the stigma that's often attached to mental health issues. Harry revealed that William was a big help to him when he struggled most.

"My brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me," said Harry. "He kept saying, 'This is not right, this is not normal. You need to talk to [someone] about stuff. It's okay.'"

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Aw. We love that Will gave his younger brother such great advice. 

Hopefully, plenty of others who are struggling with loss or grief will find comfort in Harry's honesty. Many times those who are suffering try to go it alone or feel like there's shame or stigma in seeking help. But it can make all the difference in the world. 

We are just glad Harry is in a much better place now and thank him for being brave enough to share this journey to healing. 

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