Prince Harry, 32, has revealed in the latest interview that he was entirely lost after the death of Princess Diana. He was close to an emotional breakdown, started taking counselling and opted for boxing to get rid of his frustration.
In an open interview, Harry said that he addressed his pain for the first time at the age of 28 when he was "on the verge of punching someone". He adds I was emotionless for almost two decades after Diana died in Paris in a car crash in 1997 when I was only 12.
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On time, the Prince recalls that it got so severe that his brother Prince William, 35, was left wanting him to face his grief and seek help.
"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 is coming to you from every angle," says Prince Harry.
He adds further: "During those years I took up boxing, because everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it's a really good way of letting out aggression, and that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone, so being able to punch someone who had pads was certainly easier."
"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,"
He eventually looked for support from his brother, and he encouraged him to talk to their close relatives as well. His brother told him, "look, you need to deal with this. It is not normal to think that nothing has affected you."
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, "The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realise that actually, you're part of quite a big club," says Prince Harry.
Talking about his loss, Prince Harry says: "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?"
Prince thought that it's only going to make him sad.
"[I thought] 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".
"So I was a typical 20, 25, 28-year-old running around going life is great, or 'life is excellent' and that was exactly it," says Prince.
"And then, I started to have a few conversations and all of a sudden, all of this grief that I have never processed begun to come to the forefront, and I was like, there is a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with," reveals Prince Harry.
In an interview, Prince Harry shares that it was almost impossible for him to figure out what the issues were. "I just couldn't put my finger on it," said Harry. "I just didn't know what was wrong with me."
"Coping with my mother's death at the public platform had the greatest impact on me."
"I can safely say it's not Afghanistan-related. I'm not one of those guys that have had to see my best mate blown up next to me and have to apply a tourniquet to both their legs. Luckily, thank God, I wasn't one of those people," said Prince Harry.
Prince says, "I know there is immense merit in talking about your issues and the only thing about keeping it quiet is that it's only ever going to make it worse. Not just for you but everybody else around you as well because you become a problem. I, through a lot of my twenties, was a problem and I didn't know how to deal with it."
"It's all about timing. And for me, my brother, you know, bless him, he was a tremendous support to me. He kept saying this is not right, this is not normal, you need to talk to [someone] about stuff, it's OK. The timing wasn't right. You need to feel it in yourself; you need to find the right person to talk to as well."
"I can't encourage people enough just to have that conversation because you will be surprised firstly, how much support you get and secondly, how many people are longing for you to come out," says Prince Harry as reported by The Daily Telegraph.
"What are we trying to do is normalise the conversation to the point where anyone can sit down and have a coffee and just go 'you know what, I've had a really s--- day, can I just tell about it? Because then you walk away and it's done." He is now in a "good place".
"Because of the process I have been through over the past two, and a half years, I've now been able to take my work seriously, been able to take my private life seriously as well," said Prince Harry.
"I have been able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that make a difference and things that I think will make a difference to everybody else," says Prince while concluding the interview.
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