Prince Harry is speaking out about his mother’s tragic death in a documentary which marks the tenth anniversary of the charity he set up in her memory.
The 32-year-old royal started the charity, named Sentebale, after Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997 in a Paris car crash. It was founded in 2006 to help children affected by HIV and Aids in Africa. Harry has not said much about his emotions following the loss of his mom.
“I never really dealt with what had happened. It was a lot of buried emotion. For a huge part of my life I didn’t really want to think about it,” he says in the doc. “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. And now for me, I can see exactly where I want to take it. The fact that I’ve managed to keep Sentebale going ... for the last 10/11 years has been fantastic because now everything else I’m involved with makes sense to me and I’m just getting started. I need to make something of my life ...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.”
Perhaps his charitable actress girlfriend Meghan Markle has had an influence on Harry’s attitude about being so public. He even released a statement confirming the two were officially in a relationship.
In the documentary, which aired in the U.K., Harry jokes that he was a “ginger white prince” who arrived in Africa with little idea of what he wanted to do.
“At that stage I had no mechanism to be able to start a charity or make any more of an impact than literally being the ginger white prince to come and make these kids laugh,” he said. “To a certain extent this is a lot of unfinished business, unfinished work my mother never completed.”
Harry now says he hopes to continue his work there for his whole life, and wants to use his name for good.
“Anybody that I have spoken to who has been to Africa, most of the people get it, and Africa gets it. For me personally, it is an escape,” he said. “Now not only have I found that escape, I have found a way to use the name and position for good. For me, now, I have this love of Africa and it will never disappear and I hope it carries on with my children as well.”
Earlier this year, Harry had revealed that he never really spoke of the tragedy until he was 28-years-old. “Everything can be OK but I really regret not ever talking about it,” he said at the time.
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