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I wish I'd talked about it sooner, reveals Harry as he recalls heartbreak of losing his mother Diana at just 12 years old

By PA Reporters

Published 26/07/2016

Prince Harry with Iwan Thomas
Prince Harry with Iwan Thomas
Dame Kelly Holmes and her friend with Prince Harry at the Heads Together barbecue at Kensington Palace in London yesterday. The event for mental health charity Heads Together was attended by a number of high-profile sports stars who were invited to speak about their psychological problems
Prince Harry with his late mother Princess Diana in 1995

Prince Harry has said he regrets not opening up earlier about the death of the his mother.

The 31-year-old revealed it was only three years ago he began talking about the tragedy that befell his mum, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Harry spoke out as he hosted a Kensington Palace event for mental health charity Heads Together that was attended by sports stars who were invited to discuss their psychological problems.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and Olympic gold medallists Victoria Pendleton and Dame Kelly Holmes were among the guests.

They were accompanied by a partner, relative or sports psychologist who had helped them through their darkest moments.

Ferdinand, whose wife Rebecca Ellison died last year, asked Harry about the impact it might have on his children. Harry replied: "I really regret not ever talking about it," adding that he did not speak about losing his mother "for the first 28 years of my life".

Harry was 12 and his brother William 15 when Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

"It's okay to suffer, as long as you talk about it," he said.

"It's not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not solving that problem.

"Whether you're a member of the royal family, whether you're a soldier, whether you're a sports star, whether you're a white van driver, whether you're a mother, father, a child, it doesn't really matter."

Heads Together was founded by Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It has brought together eight mental health charities and organisations to tackle the stigma that still surrounds depression.

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