At the age of 12, Prince Harry had to suffer the unimaginable the death of his mother. Now aged 31, Harry is opening up about what he went through to help others that have gone through the same.
Harry, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, formed the event Heads Together that helps bring together the top mental health charities. The event aims to show that anyone can suffer from mental illness including top sports stars and even Royals.
Harry told BBC Breakfast “It is OK to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving that problem.” He continued, “A lot of people think if you’ve got a job, if you’ve got financial security, if you’ve got a family, you’ve got a house, all that sort of stuff, everyone seems to think that is all you need, and you are absolutely fine to deal with stuff”.
Talking to famed footballer Rio Ferdinand, father of three whose wife died of cancer last year, Harry shared his regret over his mother’s passing “You know, I really regret not ever talking about it.” Speaking about Rio, Harry said, “It is very easy for someone to look at someone like Rio Ferdinand and say, ‘You get paid all the money in the world, you are a successful footballer, you have fast cars.’ But at the end of the day, his wife was snatched from him at an early stage of his life with her. So, of course, he is going to suffer, it doesn’t matter if he has an amazing job.”
Rio speaking about Harry said “He’s gone through different stages in his life that my kids are going to be going towards. So to get some of his experiences is very rewarding for me and very educational in many ways.”
Harry continues to honour his mother with his charity work and has changed his regrets into a voice of welcome to others that are suffering.