Imagine losing your mother at a young and pivotal age. Then imagine that you are under the public spotlight and scrutiny of billions of people and not allowed to grieve in a healthy way.
That can be a recipe for disaster, and Prince Harry (and Prince William) have suffered greatly from that reality. But in a brave effort to help others fighting for mental health, Prince Harry is baring his soul.
In a recent interview shared by The Telegraph, Harry describes how hard it was to lose his mother:
“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 continued: “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 are coming to you from every angle.”
Prince Harry shared how seeing a "shrink" and boxing really helped him process his pain.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
The young prince's brother, William, was one of the ones that heavily encouraged him to seek help, telling him, “Look, you really need to deal with this. It is not normal to think that nothing has affected you.”
But Queen Elizabeth reportedly isn't so pleased of Harry's "soul baring." STORY CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE.