Prince Harry is revealing that he kept the sadness of the death of his mother inside for the first 28 years of his life.
Harry, 31, was speaking in England as he hosted a barbecue at Kensington Palace for the mental health charity Heads Together, which helps athletes with mental illness. He formed the charity with his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton to bring awareness that mental illness is not a weakness.
"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 recognizing it and not solving that problem,” Harry told the BBC. "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.”
But it was when Harry was speaking to footballer Rio Ferdinand, who lost his wife to cancer last year, that he revealed he was never in touch with his feelings about his mother’s death in a car crash in 1997, when he was just 12.
“You know, I really regret not ever talking about it,” Harry said.
The former England and Manchester United star said that Harry opened up because he knows what Rio’s three children are going through.
"He's gone through different stages in his life that my kids are going to be going towards,” he said. "So to get some of his experiences is very rewarding for me and very educational in many ways."
Harry went on to say, “at the end of the day [Rio’s] 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,” he said.
Harry mingled with the attendees after speaking to the crowd, flipping burgers and playing cricket.
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