Media captionPrince Harry: “It’s okay to accept as long as you talk about it – it’s not a weakness”

Prince Harry has spoken of his regret that he did not talk about how the deaths among his mother, Princess Diana, changed him until three years ago.

The Princess of Wales was killed in a gondola accident in 1997, when he was just 12.

Prince Harry, 31, was speaking as he hosted an happen for the mental health kindnes, Heads Together, which was attended by a number of athletics stars.

He told the BBC the occasion was an opportunity to highlight that everyone can suffer from mental health issues issues.

Footballer Rio Ferdinand, athletes Dame Kelly Holmes and Iwan Thomas, and cyclist Victoria Pendleton – some of whom “ve spoken” publicly about dealing here sadnes – were at the event.

Prince Harry organized Heads Together with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to bring together guiding mental health benevolences.

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Image caption Princess Diana with Prince William( privilege) and Prince Harry in 1991

The prince told BBC Breakfast: “It is OK to abide, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving that problem.”

He said the happen was an opportunity to show that “unflappable” boasting personalities can suffer from mental health problems like everyone else, including members of the Royal Family.

“A lot of parties think if you’ve got a job, if you’ve get financial protection, if you’ve got a family, you’ve got a residence, all that sort of substance, everyone seems to think that is all you need and you are absolutely fine to deal with material, ” he said.

Media captionPrince Harry: “Everyone can suffer from mental health issues”

Prince Harry stimulated his comments about his mother’s death as he talked to Ferdinand, answering: “You know, I actually repent not ever talking about it.”

Father-of-three Ferdinand – whose wife Rebecca Ellison died from cancer last year – likewise spoke to the lord about addressing the deaths among a parent.

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Image caption Prince Harry talking to Rio Ferdinand, left

The former England and Manchester United footballer pronounced: “He’s gone through different stages in his life that my kids are going to be going towards.

“So to get some of its own experience is very rewarding for me and very educational in many ways.”

Prince Harry told the BBC: “It is very easy for someone to look at someone like Rio Ferdinand and enunciate, ‘You get paid all the money in “the worlds”, you are a successful footballer, you have fast cars.’ But at the end of the day his wife was snatched from him at an early stage of his life with her.

“So of course he is going to suffer, it doesn’t substance if he has an stunning job.”

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Image caption The sovereign and some of those attending the barbecue played French cricket
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Image caption Harry discussed the issue of hollow and mental health with some of those at the barbecue

Former European sprint champion Thomas told the prince how he suffered when his vocation was cut short by injury.

He said: “I anticipate yes, feeling definitely. I didn’t have one hurt that was abruptly like ‘you have to adjourn tomorrow’ that virtually might have been easier – being dealt a really bad blow.”

And Harry too spoke to Dame Kelly, who told him of the mental issues she campaigned after suffering injuries before the 2004 Olympics, where she won golden in the 800 metres and 1,500 metres.

She enunciated: “I had hollow going through my sportings career , no-one knew at all what I was going through. I was having care and they thought I was exclaiming because the medicine was so hard.

“It’s genuinely been the past three or four years that I’ve been more open.”


Useful links

Young brains – young people’s mental health and wellbeing

SANE – mental health issues charity

Winston’s wish – childhood bereavement charity

Cruse – bereavement care

Bereavement admonition core

Bereavement UK

Child bereavement UK – supporting houses, civilizing professionals

Samaritans – 24/7 support

The Compassionate Friends – for those tolerating the loss of a child

Sands – for those affected by the loss of a baby

Grief Encounter– for children and families

Merry Widow

WAY– Widowed and Young

SAMM– Support after murder or manslaughter

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