Prince Harry is discussing mental health in the most personal of ways.
The 32-year-old British royal said he sought counseling in his late 20s to deal with the death of his mother, Princess Diana, who perished in a 1997 car crash in Paris.
He said during a recent podcast with Telegraph journalist Bryony Gordon that he “shut down all his emotions” for nearly two decades after his mom was killed. At the time, he was only 12 years old.
He said he was “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions.”
It was his older brother William who convinced Harry to talk to someone about his bottled-up emotions.
"Look, you really need to deal with this. It is not normal to think that nothing has affected you," Harry quoted William as 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?” he said.
He recalled thinking, "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.'"
But his life was “total chaos,” he said.
He was photographed nude while partying in Las Vegas in 2012 and a Nazi costume that he wore to a 2005 costume party graced the front page of the tabloids at the time.
Those mishaps and reports of heavy drinking and pot-smoking helped create a media nightmare for him.
“Some of the best people or easiest people to speak to is a shrink or whoever — the Americans call them shrinks — someone you have never met before,” Harry said. “You sit down on the sofa and say, ‘Listen, I don’t actually need your advice. Can you just listen?’ And you just let it all rip.”
Gordon, the Telegraph journalist, has also shared her own experiences dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder and depression.