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Prince Harry Gets Candid About The Effect Of His Mom's Death On Him: He Became Aggressive And Emotionally Distant

Date April 12, 2018 15:04

Prince Harry's advocacy on mental health issues has been helped a lot by his own personal life.

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The royal has been open about his experiences with losing his iconic mom, Princess Diana, and his inability to deal with the loss.

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How Prince Harry dealt with losing his mom

Last year, he said losing his mom had led him to "shut down all his emotions." He only began to deal with his desire to act out in aggression and anxiety when he turned 28.

Harry was 12 when his mother died. The family had just gone through the public separation between his parents, following his father's affair with an old friend, Camilla Parker-Bowles.

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A lot was going on in the young prince's life, and he dealt with the pain by shutting down his emotions and carried on with running around as if his life was great.

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Harry spoke to Bryony Gordon on her mental health podcast Mad World. He came clean about having to see shrinks to offload his burden. He also clarified that his time in Afghanistan did not affect his mental health as much as his mom's death did.

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He admitted to taking up boxing as an outlet for the aggression he felt from the pressure of carrying on with his normal life.

Support from his brother

Prince Harry credits his older brother for helping him come to terms with the fact that he needed to seek help.

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He says William told him:

Look, you really need to deal with this. It is not normal to think that nothing has affected you.

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When he finally began to talk about the feelings he had shut out, he says he felt connected to an incredible network of supporters.

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Both Harry and his brother William have since teamed up with the Duchess of Cambridge to address mental health issues with their Heads Together campaign.

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Their aim is to normalize conversations around mental health.

He's in a much better place

Harry, 33, is in a much better place and set to walk down the aisle with the former Suits actress, Meghan Markle.

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The royal, who credits his public and private growth to addressing his mental health issues, met Markle through a mutual friend in July 2016.

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They bonded over their shared passion to make the world a better place and their history as children of broken homes.

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Their relationship has been beautiful to watch, and on May 19, they will wed at the St. George's Chapel at the Windsor Castle. Congrats to Prince Harry and his bride-to-be!

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