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Prince Harry battled anxiety troubles for 20 years after mum Diana's death

Mental health issues can affect anyone and everyone, even the royalty. Prince Harry's latest revelations show the right way to deal with it

T2 Online Newsdesk 18 April 2017, 9:11 PM
Prince Harry opens up about his anxiety issues

Prince Harry opens up about his anxiety issues Image: Getty

Everyone tells you how to enjoy happiness. No one tells you how to deal with grief. Thankfully, with more and more conversations veering towards mental health issues, anxieties and depression these days, people are opening up about their personal struggles. From Deepika Padukone to Selena Gomez to your next-door-neighbour, everyone affected is finding the courage to open up and reach out for help. Which brings us to the latest news. If you thought the wealthy and the royalty don't have to deal with stuff like this, you're in for a rude shocker. Prince Harry just made some heartbreaking revelations about his own struggle with mental breakdowns.

In an interview to The Telegraph, Harry confessed that his life was a “total chaos” after his mum Princess Diana's death. He said he “shut down all his emotions” for almost two decades despite his brother, Prince William, trying to persuade him to seek help. The need to change things came up when he sensed he couldn't take it anymore. Anxiety had riddled his life and he felt like he was “on the verge of punching someone.” At 28, he decided it was time he addressed his grief.

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Prince Harry looks at a photo of his mother Princess Diana during a visit to The Running Charity (Image: Getty)

“My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help? So I was a typical 20, 25, 28-year-old running around going ‘life is great’, or ‘life is fine’ and that was exactly it,” he recalled.

The now 32-year-old turned to counsellors and even took up boxing to cope with his issues. “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,” he said. But the worst years of his life are behind him now.

“I know there is huge merit in talking about your issues and the only thing about keeping it quiet is that it’s only ever going to make it worse,” he said. Would you doubt that? Didn't think so.

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