Prince Harry has revealed his emotional turmoil in the wake of his mother's death, breaking British royal tradition not to discuss mental health issues.
The prince told The Daily Telegraph that Princess Diana's death in 1997 caused him to need counseling for years and he nearly suffered mental breakdowns.
He said he "shut down all his emotions" for nearly two decades.
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?
He said this resulted from failing to face his mother' death.
His denial ultimately led to "two years of total chaos" before finally facing his grief in counseling.
Harry, his brother Prince William and his sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge work together for a charity that promotes mental health and fights to prevent mental illness from being stigmatized.
Prince Harry was praised by many for his candidness.
It was the most extraordinary interview, and I'm so chuffed that someone as high profile as Prince Harry has told his story— Bryony Gordon (@bryony_gordon) April 16, 2017
Interviewer Bryony Gordon was pleased with the response.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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