Prince Harry Speak On How He Was Able To Cope With Losing His Mom, Princess Diana At Age 12

Prince Harry was only 12 years old when he tragically lost his mother Princess Diana in a Paris car accident, and he’s continuing to open up in new ways about his grief.

In a documentary for ITV focused on his charity work in Lesotho, Africa, the 32-year-old royal admits that he spent a long time suppressing his feelings about his mother’s death.
“I never really dealt with what had happened. It was a lot of buried emotion,” Harry said. “For a huge part of my life I didn’t really want to think about it.”
He continued,

 “I now view life very 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.”
Prince Harry has found meaning — and a way to carry on his mother’s legacy — in his charity work, including Sentebale, the charity he co-founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006 to improve conditions for those affected by HIV and AIDS in the country. In May he spoke with PEOPLE about his ongoing charity work, saying, “all I want to do is make my mother incredibly proud.”

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