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FILE - This is a  Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 file photo of Britain's Prince Harry listens to a seminar for members of staff during a visit to the Mix in London. Mix is a charity that offers support to young people under the age of 25. Prince Harry has broken with royal tradition of maintaining silence about mental health issues by speaking candidly of problems following the death of his mother Princess Diana. The 32-year-old prince told The Daily Telegraph in an interview published Monday April 17, 2017 that he needed counseling and nearly suffered breakdowns in the two decades after his mother died in a 1997 car crash. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Prince Harry broke a royal silence and opened up about his own mental health issues

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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?
Prince Harry

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. 

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Britain's Prince William, his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge and brother Prince Harry, right, stand together as they reflect after William laid a wreath after arriving for a "Service of Hope" at Westminster Abbey, two weeks after the March 22 London terror attack, in London, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The service took place near Westminster Bridge, where Khalid Masood mowed down pedestrians before stabbing a police officer outside Parliament. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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.

Interviewer Bryony Gordon was pleased with the response.

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Prince Harry broke a royal silence and opened up about his own mental health issues

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