New Delhi: Prince Harry shared his regret that he did not talk openly about the death of his mother, Princess Diana, “for the first 28 years of my life”.
The prince opened up to former England captain Rio Ferdinand at an event promoting mental health campaign Heads Together, which he set up with his brother William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Harry, 31, revealed that he only began talking about how his mother’s death affected him 3 years ago.
Harry lost his mother Princess Diana at a very young age of 12 when she was killed in a car crash on August 31, 1997. His elder brother William was 15 at the time.
Harry said, “It’s okay to suffer, as long as you talk about it. It’s not a weakness.
Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving that problem.”
The prince was hosting a barbecue at Kensington Palace for the mental health charity, attended by a group of high-profile sports stars who were invited to speak about their psychological problems.
Harry talked to Dame Kelly Holmes, Rio Ferdinand, Victoria Pendleton, Iwan Thomas, Jonathan Trott and Mind volunteer Jessica Morgan, to hear their advice on getting through difficult times.