Princess Diana’s death came as a shock to the whole world, but more than anyone, it had a huge impact on her family, including her children, Prince William and Prince Harry who were in their teens at the time.

Now, two decades after her death, Prince Harry spoke about how her death had affected him.

He told The Telegraph, “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? [I thought] it’s only going to make you sad, it’s not going to bring her back. So from an emotional side, I was like ‘right, don’t ever let your emotions be part of anything’.”

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He later picked up boxing and used it as a channel to vent out his emotions. He also revealed that he had been “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”

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He endured that for two years, before his brother and people close to him eventually intervened and told him that he had to deal with it instead of avoiding the issue.

He then started seeing a counsellor at 28 to address his problem after feeling “on the verge of punching someone” and having anxiety issues at royal engagements.

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