It’s never easy coping with a loss.
Prince Harry learned that first hand following the untimely death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997. As you may recall, Prince Charles‘ ex wife died in Paris due to a fatal car crash when Meghan Markle‘s beau was only 12-years-old. How sad!
So it’s no wonder it took many years for the regal activist to come to terms with losing his mother. In a new documentary, named Prince Harry in Africa, the royal ginger revealed that throughout most of his childhood he did not deal with Diana’s death.
“I’d never really dealt with what had actually happened, so there was a lot of buried emotion and, for a huge part of my life, I just didn’t even want to think about it.”
Our hearts are just breaking. Not to mention, this recent admission certainly explains those bad boy years Harry went through.
Nonetheless, the 32-year-old is dedicated to giving back as the ITV production documents Harry’s charitable work with Sentebale. In case you forgot, Harry cofounded this charity in honor of his mother as it assists children who’ve been affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic — a cause particularly important to the late princess.
Diana’s youngest claims this organization allows him to continue the “unfinished work [his] mother never completed.” Sniff!
Prince William‘s brother continued:
“I now view life differently from what it used to be. I used to bury my head in the sand, and let everything around you tear you to pieces. I was fighting the system, going, ‘I don’t want to be this person.’
My mother died when I was very, very young and I don’t want to be in the position. Now I’m so energized, fired up, to be lucky enough to be in a position to make a difference.”
And a difference you have made, bud! We can only imagine how proud Diana would be of her youngest son!
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