Prince Harry Opens Up About Having Panic Attacks After Princess Diana's Death

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He's not going to keep it to himself any longer. Prince Harry recently opened up again about the pain he felt after the passing of his mother when he was 12, and even admitted that he suffered panic attacks after the loss.


Harry got real in a new interview on Forces TV on Wednesday about how hard it was to cope as a child after Princess Diana died. He spoke with his good friend, Paralympic medal winner Dave Henson, ahead of the Invictus Games, and confessed that he even suffered panic attacks.

"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," the 32-year-old revealed.

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He continued, "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.'"

Harry also said that it took him a very long time to confront all his emotions about it. It was his time serving in Afghanistan that finally forced him to deal with the trauma, nearly 20 years after his mom died.

"Once I plucked my head out of the sand, post-Afghan ... it had a huge ... life changing moment for me," he confessed. "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."

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Let's please add the fact that he called himself a "tit" to the never-ending list of reasons we adore Harry.

Anyway. Harry has gone out of his way in recent years to talk about mental health and destigmatize the need for help. In addition to helping himself process the grief and emotions that he kept buried for so long, he hopes to open the conversation with others.

He said that it helps to meet with other people who have suffered similar traumas, saying, "There's similarities there and you can help them and you can have a bit of banter. And the moment you have that banter, you can see them relax. You help yourself, so you can help others ... And I think that is hugely powerful."

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