Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, still has grieving to do decades after the tragic death of his mother, Princess Diana. Continue reading to learn what the 34-year-old has said about his mother’s death and why he still has grief “that still needs to be let out.”
Princess Diana died on Aug. 31, 1997. She was 36 years old. She had been divorced from Prince Charles since 1996 and had been in Paris, France, with Dodi Fayed, the man she had been romantically linked to at the time.
Prince Harry revealed in the 2017 documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, released 20 years after Princess Diana’s death, that he, as one might expect, still has to grieve his mother’s passing
Prince Harry and Prince William were 12 and 15 years old when they lost their mother.
Prince Harry who was at Queen Elizabeth II’s summer home, Balmoral Castle, with his older brother, father, and other members of the royal family when Princess Diana died, opened up about her death in the documentary.
He said he had a lot of grieving left to do, noting he had only cried once for sure, maybe twice since Princess Diana died.
“The first time I cried was at the funeral on the island,” Prince Harry said.
After a televised funeral at Westminster Abbey where Prince Harry and Prince William walked behind their mother’s coffin with their grandfather, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, their father, and uncle, Charles, Earl Spencer, Princess Diana was buried privately at her family’s home, Althorp House, on an island in the middle of a lake.
“And only since then, maybe once more,” he added.
He continued, saying he still had a lot of emotions to deal with regarding losing his mother at such as young age.
“There’s a lot of grief that still needs to be … to be let out. I was so young, I grew up thinking that not having a mum was normal,” he said.
Prince Harry said he put his feelings aside.
“I think it was a classic case of, don’t let yourself think about your [sic] mum and the grief and the hurt that comes with it, because it’s never going to bring her back and it’s only going to make you more sad,” he said.
How Prince Harry dealt with the grief of losing his mother
In the years that followed his mother’s death, Prince Harry distracted himself by keeping busy.
“People deal with grief in different ways and my way of dealing with it was basically shutting it out, locking it out,” the Duke of Sussex said. “The ten years I was in the army, I sort of dug my head in the sand. It was just white noise.”
Prince William on losing a parent: ‘There’s nothing like it in the world’
In the same documentary, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Diana’s oldest son, sat down in a solo interview just like his younger brother, to discuss to death of his mother.
The now 37-year-old husband and father of three said described losing a parent at a young age.
“There’s nothing like it in the world, there really isn’t. It’s like an earthquake’s just run through the house, through your life and everything,” Prince William said. “Your mind is completely split. And it took me a while for it to actually sink in.”
He continued, saying he (and Prince Harry) became part of a “very sad club.”
“My heart goes out to all the people who have lost all their loved ones in the world. It does connect you in a very sad club that you don’t want to be a member of, but you do all have a shared pain you can immediately understand and see in anyone when you meet them,” the Duke of Cambridge added.
While Prince William and Prince Harry talked about the pain they felt losing their mother, they also talked about happy memories including naughty cards Princess Diana used to send Prince William at school, what Prince Harry described as her “crazy laugh,” and how she used to sneak them Starburst candy at their soccer games.
Princes William and Harry continue their mother’s legacy in multiple ways. They continue supporting causes close to Princess Diana’s heart and reportedly share memories with each other and their families on the anniversary of her death.
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