Prince Harry Struggled With Mental Health After His Mother's Death

He opened up to The Telegraph about how long it took him to work through his grief.
Posted at 1:19 PM, Apr 17, 2017

When a British journalist started a podcast to talk about mental health, she didn't think Prince Harry would be her first guest. 

The 32-year-old British royal opened up to Bryony Gordon about the death of his mother, Princess Diana. 

"I can safely say that losing my mom 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 also my work, as well," Harry told The Telegraph

The interview launched the new podcast, Bryony Gordon's Mad World, for The Telegraph. 

Harry said he didn't truly start working through his grief until three years ago. And he spoke with a professional multiple times after encouragement from his older brother.

Gordon was pleasantly surprised with the prince's honesty. In an article about the experience, she wrote, "Was this really happening? ... Were we finally living in an era where even a representative of one of the most buttoned-up, traditional institutions on the planet might feel able to talk about the troubles in their head?"

Harry may not have revealed details of his personal struggles before the interview, but he's made mental health a key initiative for almost a year. 

Along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, he started the "Heads Together" campaign last year to end the stigma around mental health.

Previously, Harry has said, "None of us can get through mental health difficulties without being willing to have a conversation, and being able to admit that we might need some help."