LONDON (AP) – Prince Harry has broken with royal tradition of maintaining silence about mental health issues by speaking candidly of his problems following the death of his mother Princess Diana.
The 32-year-old prince told The Daily Telegraph in an interview published Monday that he needed counseling and nearly suffered breakdowns in the two decades since his mother died in a 1997 car crash.
He told the newspaper he “shut down all his emotions” for nearly 20 years. He said he had been “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions.”
He said he endured “two years of total chaos” because of his inability to deal with his grief.
Harry has worked with a charity that promotes mental health.
He has never before spoken openly about his problems dealing with Diana’s death.