Princess Diana’s death in 1997 was one of the most significant and impactful moments in recent history. Millions around the world were bereft over the loss of their beloved icon; major television networks in every country covered it from every possible angle; and the tragic details behind her sudden death were on the front of every magazine and every newspaper for months.
It was all we talked about.
Where were you the day Princess Diana died?
Such a tragic loss. She was so young, so giving.
Those poor, poor boys.
But one person who was not talking about it was one of the two who needed to the most — her youngest son, Prince Harry, then only 12 years old.
Now, 19 years later, at an intimate outdoor barbecue at Kensington Palace Sunday, Prince Harry revealed the true extent of his grief and his one regret: “Not ever talking about it.”
According to BBC, the prince made the admission while speaking with English former footballer Rio Ferdinand, who lost his wife to breast cancer last year and is now raising three children as a single dad. The barbecue was in support of Prince Harry’s mental health charity, Heads Together, which he spearheads along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The goal of the event, which was attended by a number of famous athletes, was to show how mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of money, status, or fame — from your favorite soccer star, to yes, even a prince.
“A lot of people think if you’ve got a job, if you’ve got financial security, if you’ve got a family, you’ve got a house, all that sort of stuff, everyone seems to think that is all you need and you are absolutely fine to deal with stuff,” Harry explained.
He also told BBC Breakfast that the biggest misconception about mental illness is that there is something wrong with you if you suffer. When really, the only thing you should be concerned with is fighting through it alone and not seeking help.
“It is OK to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognizing it and not solving that problem,” says Prince Harry.
This is not the first time Prince Harry has opened up about the death of his mother and the impact that it’s had on his life. Earlier this year, he sat down with Good Morning America for a candid interview prior to The Invictus Games, where he gave a moving speech on mental illness:
“I think losing your mother at such a young age does end up shaping your life massively,” he said. ” … I hope that everything we do privately and officially, that it makes her proud … I hope she’s looking down, you know, with tears in her eyes, being incredibly proud of what we’ve established.”
Considering how Princess Diana herself struggled with bulimia and depression during her marriage to Prince Charles — and how much she advocated on behalf of others who suffered, as well — we think it is safe to say that she must be quite proud of not only the boys she left behind, but also the men they have grown to be.
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