When you think of Prince Harry, you probably first think about his fun spirit and charming looks. Prince Harry has been known to have a little bit of a “play” boy fun in his past. But times have changed, Harry’s matured a bit more and has done a lot to focus his energy on charity.
Like his mom, Princess Diana who died at the young age of 36 in a car crash back in August 1997, Harry’s carrying on her philanthropic spirit. He’s doing everything he can to make her proud and make sure she’s never forgotten. In fact a lot of his mother’s talents are shown in the work he’s been doing, from his founding of Sentebale, a charity helping those suffering AIDS in Africa, to his raising awareness for wounded veterans at the Invictus Games. I think Princess Diana would be very proud of him, if she were with us today.
But things were always so cheery and positive for Prince Harry. When his mom, Princess Diane died almost 20 years ago, Harry was about just a young boy, not even in his teens. He suffered and dealt with major grief issues often in silence, until his big brother, Prince William convinced him to get help. It was then Prince Harry realized he was not alone, but part of a ‘big club” dealing with mental health issues.
Prince Harry recently discovered his membership to a big club. While your first assumption may be that this club must be an upscale and exclusive club fit only for royalty, you would be incorrect.
The big club is a figurative illustration that Prince Harry used to describe a humbling realization he has had over the last few years. Anybody who has suffered from crippling grief over the loss of a loved one is part of the same club as Prince Harry.
It was not until he was 28 years old that he finally accepted the fact that he did not have to suffer in silence over the grief of losing his mother, Princess Diana, at the age of 12. Once he opened up about his feelings, he realized he was part of “this big club” and certainly not alone.
Prince Harry decided to boldly open up about his own mental health struggles on the podcast “Mad World” hosted by Bryony Gordon. Prince Harry’s surprising honesty as a guest on the podcast has touched many who would have never guessed that they could relate to somebody like Prince Harry on such a deep level.
That is, in fact, exactly what Prince Harry hoped would happen as he shared his struggles and need for counseling. His appearance was made in efforts to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
In July 2016, Prince Harry did admit that he regretted not talking about his mother’s death. He delved much deeper into that regret in his sincere appearance on the podcast.
Prince Harry told Gordon, “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 also my work as well.” Until three years ago, Prince Harry would “stick his head in the sand” and avoid ever thinking about his mother.
He thought that the sadness that came with reflecting on his mother’s life and death would only bring him pain so he stuffed those emotions away completely. However, not processing his grief in a healthy way eventually had damaging effects to his health, relationships, and work both in and out of the public eye.
He admitted, “I have probably 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.” Thankfully, Prince William pointed out to his brother in a concerned manner that he cannot go through difficult life experiences, such as the tragic loss of their mother, and act as if there are no effects on him that need to be processed.
His brother’s concern convinced him to get help. Talking to a professional about his feelings has been a necessary and therapeutic release of all of the emotions he had been ignoring for so long.
Today, Harry is turning his negative energy from the past into something positive and helping others deal with the same grief in return. He’s becoming a role model for something he certainly can speak from the heart about.
Prince Harry’s realized that stuffing emotions away was detrimental to his health, relationships and life. He’s learned how to deal with the loss of his mother, Princess Diane and process his grief in a healthy manner. Now, he’s helping others do the same. That’s one more reason, his mom would be very proud of him.
Prince Harry is quite the hunk and it looks like he recently has quite the catch too. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, best known for her role as paralegal Rachel Zane on “Suits” is also involved in charity work through World Vision Canada. It looks like they are going to make one special and charitable couple who would both make Princess Diane very proud. Not to mention, can you imagine how beautiful those babies are going to be – both inside and out?
Keep up the good work Harry! Who know’s it may be time for you to suit up soon!
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