Prince Harry says he locked away his emotions when Diana died


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It’s been almost twenty years since Princess Diana died in a tragic car crash in Paris, and in the wake of the anniversary, Prince William and Prince Harry have been opening up about their mother’s death.

They recently revealed in a BBC1 documentary, Diana, that they thought they’d let her down, and now Prince Harry has opened up about how he felt at the time.

Speaking to CTV News, Harry admitted that after his mum died when he was just twelve, he bottled up his feelings.

‘You know, I lost my mum when I was 12, so emotions were locked away very, very early on,’ he said.

He added his military training meant he suppressed feelings even further, ‘If you have emotion on the battlefield when you're having to make pretty tough decisions or when you're having to help your buddies or whether you're trying to hide or run away, you can't let emotion take control of you. You have to let training kick in.’

It wasn’t until his 20s that he underwent counselling, after not letting anything in led to ‘total chaos’ and he was ‘very close to a complete breakdown’.

Harry also sweetly praised his mum for all the work she’d achieved in her lifetime, saying people should ’take their hats off to her because she drew a spotlight to the causes and the issues that no one wanted to talk about.’

Penny Goldstone

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