Prince Harry has revealed that he sought counselling on more than one occasion, after he spent nearly 20 years not processing the death of his mother Princess Diana. Harry, 32, said he shut down his emotions to the extent that it affected his personal life, as well as his work. It was only until his older brother Prince William said his behaviour was “not normal” that he decided to see a therapist.

Speaking candidly in an interview, Harry said: “It was 20 years of not thinking about it and two years of total chaos.” When asked whether he had ever been to see a shrink, he replied: “I’ve done that a couple of times, more than a couple of times, but it’s great.”

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The Prince was 12 years old when his mother Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris.

He admitted that he didn’t process his grief until his late twenties, saying: “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.’

His brother William told him to seek help but he didn’t think it would help.

“I can safely say that losing my mum 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 my work as well,” he told Bryony Gordon.