20 Years After Loss Of Mom, Prince Harry Opens Up About Inner Demons He Never Made Public
FaithTap Staff 6/26/2017
In 1997, Princes William and Harry endured a heartbreaking loss they never expected at a young age. Their beloved mum Princess Diana, who was admired and cherished by many, had perished in a vehicle accident in Paris, leaving the two boys to mourn her absence.
Sometimes children cope with grief more openly than adults, while other times they lock up their feelings of sadness and anger. Recently, Prince Harry, 32, confessed on camera how he suffered serious panic attacks after the loss of his mother.
It was a brave admission the prince made publicly, but that's exactly the reason why he did it. Prince Harry and his brother, along with Duchess Kate, are spearheading the Heads Together campaign, which is designed to help erase the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
Prince Harry was just 12 when Princess Diana passed away. He shared the feelings that overcame him in the hopes of letting others know that it's okay to talk about what they're going through.
"You can tell the signs in people. In my case, suit and tie, every single time I was in any room with loads of people, which is quite often, I was just pouring with sweat, like heart beating - boom, boom, boom, boom - and literally just like a washing machine. I was like, 'Oh my God, get me out of here now. Oh, hang on, I can't get out of here, I have got to just hide it.'"
In fact, Prince Harry's panic attacks escalated so much that he ended up seeking the solace of therapy 20 years after Princess Diana's passing. Prince William admitted that he should've spoken with his brother more after the devastation they experienced while growing up to help them both process their loss.
Prince Harry knew he needed to work through his emotions and feelings before enlisting in the armed forces. He wouldn't have been able to fully focus on the task at hand and cope with what he might see if he didn't prepare himself and set things right within himself first.
"I've got plenty of issues, but none of them really relate to Afghanistan, but Afghanistan was the thing that triggered everything else. Not to get too personal, if you lose your mum at the age of 12 then you've got to deal with it and the idea that...15, 17 years later I still hadn't dealt with it, Afghan was the moment. I was like, 'Right, deal with it.'
Once I plucked my head out of the sand, post-Afghan, it had a huge, life-changing moment for me. It was like, right, you are...Prince Harry, you can do this, as long are you're not a complete tit, then you're gonna be able to get that support, because you've got the credibility of 10 years' service and therefore, you can really make a difference."
Here's more about Prince Harry's rollercoaster ride of emotions that he hopes will compel others to speak out.
One thing Prince Harry pointed out is that volunteering and helping others has been therapeutic for him. He noted that when "you help yourself ... you can help others. And I think that is hugely powerful."
The princes encourage others to seek solace and comfort in knowing they're not alone if they're struggling with mental health issues, but that it's crucial to seek help. Sometimes simply talking about it, like the brothers are doing now, is soothing for a sad soul.