Prince Harry 'in total chaos' over mother Diana's death - BBC News
With so much talk about mental health in the news lately, Prince Harry has made a bold move in revealing that he sought counseling after spending 20 years not thinking about the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Mental health is not only the avoidance of serious mental illness. Mental health can be affected by numerous factors from your daily life, including the stress of relationships and balancing work with your health. It seems these days that more and more people are talking about mental health rather than hiding it. And in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Prince Harry said it was not until his late 20s that he processed the grief of his mother's death, after two years of "chaos" and coming close to a "complete breakdown." Talking publicly about this makes the Prince more relatable and helps other people with similar issues. The Telegraph says that Prince Harry decided to talk about his past in the hope that it would encourage other people to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Along with the Princes' brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry is promoting the Heads Together mental health campaign, the London Marathon's charity of the year.
Speaking to the Telegraphs' Bryony Gordon, the Prince said that he could safely say that losing his mom at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of his emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only his personal life but his work as well. This is a side of the senior royal that people have not seen or heard before. Prince Harry is part of the future of an old institution that once embodied the British stiff-upper-lip approach to life. It just goes to show that the royal family attitude is changing with the times. Princess Diana did something similar in her 1995 BBC Panorama interview, when she told Martin Bashir about her post-natal depression, and talked about her self-harming and her bulimia. Now, Prince Harry is following in his mother's example. In the podcast, Prince Harry admits to feeling nervous as he speaks and speaks about suffering from anxiety, and coming close to a breakdown along with being a "problem" for much of his 20s. Prince Harry is the country's most high-profile person to talk about his personal mental anguish. His privileged life in a palace hasn't protected him from ill-health. Princess Diana's youngest son hopes that his up-front display of honesty will help to break the stigma that still surrounds mental health issues. Prince Harry said he decided to act after his older brother, the Duke of Cambridge suggested that he deal with his grief.
Diana, Princess of Wales, was born July 1st, 1961 and died August 31, 1997. Princess Diana was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the oldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. On August 31st, 1997, Princess Diana was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, which also caused the deaths of her companion Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul, the driver. The funeral of Princess Diana saw the British television audience peak at 32.10 million, one of the United Kingdom's highest television viewing figures ever, while millions of people watched the event around the world.
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