Harry admitted he had "shut down all his emotions" for well up to two whole decades after that loss, which shook him deeply.
Barely days have passed since Prince Harry discussed his trauma over the loss of his mother, the former Princess, Diana and his attempts to cope with them. The royal, or soon to be former royal by the looks of it, said so in a keynote speech alongside Meghan Markle at a JP Morgana summit in Miami, sources told Page Six. The present Duke and Duchess of Sussex put an appearance at the Alternative Investment Summit which was the first time they'd given a public statement.
The source said that the prince spoke at length about the pain he had to endure in the aftermath of the 1997 tragedy, which claimed the life of his mother. “Harry spoke about mental health and how he has been in therapy for the past three years to try to overcome the trauma of losing his mother." It was also reported, “He [Harry] talked about how the events of his childhood affected him and that he has been talking to a mental health professional. Harry also touched on Megxit, saying while it has been very difficult on him and Meghan, he does not regret their decision to step down as senior royals because he wants to protect his family. He does not want Meghan and their son Archie to go through what he did as a child.”
Back in 2017, Harry talked about the experience in dealing with the "total chaos" of his mother's demise. Even in his late 20s, he was going through a hard time, and it took two whole years after the crash for things to stabilize for him internally. In an interview with The Telegraph, Harry admitted he had "shut down all his emotions" for well up to two whole decades after that loss, which shook him deeply—so much so that even Prince William even tried persuading him to seek help, the outlet reported.
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The former Lieutenant of the British Army's Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals) spoke to a professional about his mental health. He had only begun to address a whole chasm of unexplained grief at 28, when he felt "on the verge of punching someone" whilst in the midst of dealing with anxiety during royal engagements. It appeared to him then that losing his mother has had a strong effect on his personal and professional life, and he felt that the public was noticing it too.
The then 32-year-old Harry revealed that counseling and even boxing helped him get to a better place. The choice of disclosing his mental health issues and his history of dealing with trauma was made in hopes to educate the public and encourage people to destigmatize mental health and therapy.