Prince Harry's New Biography On His Struggles With Public Attention After His Mother's Death: "He Buried His Head In The Sand"
Everyone knows that Prince Harry had an especially hard time dealing with the death of his mother, Princess Diana. There's no doubt he struggled with the tragedy more than his brother, Prince William. It had something to do with Harry shutting down from the world and not properly working out his grief.
Shutting down the pain
For a long time, Harry didn't process the loss of his mother, which ultimately compromised his ability to lead a normal life for more than two decades.
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.
The Duke and Prince Harry are pleased to share three photographs from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales that feature in the new ITV documentary 'Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.' The 90-minute film, made by Oxford Film and Television, celebrates the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales in the 20th anniversary year since her passing. In the documentary, The Duke and Prince Harry recall fond memories from their childhood as they look through photographs in a family album assembled by the late Princess. 'Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy' will air on @itv at 9pm on Monday 24th July.
Press used to be all over the young prince attributing his rebellious behavior to suppressed emotions, and rightfully, it was so. Harry revealed he was often "very close to a complete breakdown" and didn't know how to handle himself.
At some point, the prince discovered boxing, which helped to release a lot of pent-up emotions. For him, it was the first step towards battling his aggression.
Upon turning 30, Harry turned to therapy, which, according to him, was the ultimate release of all his pain.
Of course, the young prince's struggles were very apparent to those around him.
Gaining deeper perspective
The upcoming biography titled Harry: Conversations with the Prince by journalist Angela Levin offers an in-depth look at how the young boy dealt with unexpected loss. Prince Harry looked back at his life post his mother's death and admitted he didn't want to be in a public eye anymore.
He buried his head in the sand after the death of Diana. He hated all the press attention and continued to blame the media for her death.
Of course, years of struggling and eventual turn to therapy fixed Harry and helped him get back to his royal duties. He is now the Head of the Commonwealth Trust and continues to support the causes Princess Diana cared about, such as AIDs and homelessness.
Still no peace with the press
Prince Harry learnt not to trust the media, which is the rule he chooses to live by. When he first started dating Meghan Markle, the royal heir released a statement, in which he asked the press to respect their privacy. Even recently, Harry addressed the reporters once more, after he observed them criticize and be not-so-kind to the future princess.
Tonight, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle were honoured to meet wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have overcome adversity and taken on remarkable sport and adventure challenges, at the annual #EndeavourAwards The Endeavour Fund gives these people the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges, and is led by the Royal Foundation. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees for their incredible feats.
It looks like although Harry dealt with his issues, he will always value his privacy and put his personal life above all else.