Prince tells happen for mental health donation Heads Together that he opened up about Dianas death only three years ago

Prince Harryhas gleaned on its own experience of losing his mother to highlight mental health issues topics, revealing that he regrets not talking sooner about how her extinction affected him.

The 31 -year-old spoke to footballer Rio Ferdinand, a papa of three whose bride, Rebecca Ellison, died from cancer last year, about dealing with the death of a parent.

Harry, who firstly spoke publicly three years ago about the implications of the deaths among Diana, Princess of Wales in a vehicle accident in 1997, when he was 12, told the former England and Manchester United footballer: You know, I truly regret not ever talking about it.

The exchange took place at a Kensington Palace barbecue attended by a number of sports superstars hosted by Heads Together, lay out by Harry with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to bring together eight mental health benevolences and organisations with the aim of addressing the stigma around sadnes and other mental health problems.

Ferdinand, the athletes Dame Kelly Holmes and Iwan Thomas, and the cyclist Victoria Pendleton were among the guests.

The prince told the BBC: The key content here today is that everyone can suffer from mental health. Whether you are a member of the royal family, whether you are a soldier, whether you are a plays starring, whether you are a squad play, individual boast, whether you are a lily-white van driver, whether youre a father, father-god, a child, it doesnt truly matter.

Jonathan Trott, Rio Ferdinand, Prince Harry and Iwan Thomas at the Heads Together barbecue at Kensington Palace in London. Image: Foreman Together/ PA

Ferdinand later told the broadcaster: Hes[ Harry] are going through different stages in their own lives that my boys are going to be going towards. So, to get some of his experiences is very rewarding for me and very educational in many ways.

Harry said afterward: It is very easy to be addressed person like Rio Ferdinand and say, You get paid all the money in the world, you are a successful footballer, you have fast autoes. But at the end of the day his wife was snatched from him during the early stages of his life with her. So, of course “hes going to” stand, it doesnt affair if he has an amazing job.

The prince said the event was an opportunity to show that even unflappable sporting temperaments could know mental health problems. He told BBC Breakfast: It is OK to sustain, but as long as you talk about it. It is no longer an weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving it.

He too spoke to Holmes, who acquired a amber honour at the 2004 Olympics in the 800 metres and 1,500 metres, and who exposed her ordeal of feeling in her autobiography. She said: I had feeling going through my athletics career , no one knew at all what I was going through. She said it has there been in the last few years that she had been more open.

Thomas advised anyone suffering mental health issues issues: Dont feel embarrassed, dont feel atrocious about it if you regard it as a weakness, as I did.

I felt mentally I was weak, because I had gone from someone who was mentally tough, mentally very strong, someone physically strong, to someone who felt susceptible and weakened. And “youre not” feeble. You are just going through a tough time in your life, where, if you can talk to someone, hopefully, they will help you through the other side.

The prince has been a visible endorse of taboo topics. Earlier this month he acquired praise from the Terrence Higgins Trust for taking an HIV experiment live their lives Facebook, with the donation describing it as a groundbreaking minute in the fight against HIV.

His role in their efforts to destigmatise HIV/ Aids has been compared to that of his late baby, who is currently photographed meeting Aids patients in the 1980 s in an effort to change public opinion over how the virus was transmitted.

Since leaving the army, Harry has also campaigned to break the stigma of mental health issues that often plague war veterans as they prepare the transition back into civilian life.

He founded the Invictus Games for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Describing what inspired video games, he told Good Morning America host Robin Roberts in March it was after he was withdrawn from the frontline in Afghanistan when information of his secret first deployment leaked.

Again, drawing on his personal experience, he said he felt violated at having to leave his humanities behind. And then I find myself on an aircraft and while I am stay here with me I look through the drapery to the front and there are three of our chaps wrapped up in plastic, missing limbs, he said. One of the people[ is] clutching a little test tube of shrapnel that had been removed from his head, and he was in a lethargy clutching this.

And I abruptly thought to myself, parties dont get to see this. In all of the members of those 10 weeks, I never ascertained the hurt area, I exclusively heard about it. Thats how it all started for me. Its like these people are role model and they need to be celebrated more among society, he said.


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