Nearly 2 decades after Diana's death, Prince Harry is finally coming to terms with the loss of his mother, after appearing to be totally out of control.
With the support of his older brother Prince William, the 32-year-old Royal turned to counselors and even took up boxing to deal with the his mother's untimely passing. He says he is now finally in a good place.
“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,” he said in a conversation with the Telegraph.
“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 said.
The Prince admits to struggling with aggression and used boxing as his outlet to deal with those feelings of frustration.
“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.”
Before seeking help, he endured 2 years of total chaos making headlines worldwide. From intimate parties in Las Vegas, to the infamous Nazi fancy dress, it was clear that things were not right.
“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.”
Combining his grief with constantly living in the public eye, he struggled to deal with daily life including royal engagements.
“I know there is huge 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,” he said.
The Royal served in Afghanistan working on the front lines in the Army's personnel recovery unit, where he listend to injured servicemen and women talk about serious mental health issues.
Prince Harry along with William and Kate have launched a new imitative to help people deal with mental health issues. The Heads Together campaign, is a charity that promotes good mental health well-being.
“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, and been able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference and things that I think will make a difference to everybody else.”
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death and a memorial will be erected in the gardens outside Kensington Palace.