Bryony Gordon Mad World: Prince Harry

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Prince Harry shares emotional struggles after Diana's death. Prince Harry has disclosed that he sought counselling after enduring two years of “total chaos” while still struggling in his late twenties to come to terms with the death of his mother.
The Prince says in an interview with The Telegraph that he “shut down all his emotions” for almost two decades after losing his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, despite his brother, Prince William, trying to persuade him to seek help.
Disclosing that he has spoken to a professional about his mental health, he describes how he only began to  address his grief when he was 28 after feeling “on the verge of punching someone” and facing anxiety during royal engagements.
Describing the “quite serious effect” that losing his mother had on his personal and professional life, he tells how living in the public eye left him feeling he could be “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions”.
The Prince, now 32, turned to counsellors and even took up boxing. He says he is now in “a good place”.
Prince Harry has decided to give an unprecedented insight into his past in the hope it will encourage people to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
He has spoken to Bryony Gordon for the first episode of her podcast, Mad World, in which she will interview high-profile guests about their mental health experiences.
The 30-minute conversation is one of the most candid insights into the innermost thoughts of a modern young member of the Royal family. The Prince, together with his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have set up Heads Together, a charity which promotes good mental well-being.
Prince Harry, who was 12 when his mother died, says in the podcast that he spent his teenage years and twenties determined not to think about her.
“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he said.
“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”
Asked whether he had been to see a 'shrink' to offload his thoughts, he said: “I’ve done that a couple of times, more than a couple of times, but it’s great.”
The Prince admitted that at times he had struggled with aggression and turned to boxing as an outlet for his frustration.
“During those years I took up boxing, because everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it’s a really good way of letting out aggression,” he said.
“And that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone, so being able to punch someone who had pads was certainly easier.”
He eventually sought support with the encouragement of his brother and others close to him, who told him: “Look, you really need to deal with this. It is not normal to think that nothing has affected you.”
Since learning to talk honestly about his feelings, he said, he now feels able to put “blood, sweat and tears” into making a difference for others.
“The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realise that actually you’re part of quite a big club,” he said. Later this year, the Prince and the Duke will commemorate the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death, commissioning a statue and presenting awards in her name to honour “kindness, compassion and service”.
Prince Harry said of his loss: “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?
“[I thought] it’s only going to make you sad, it’s not going to bring her back.
“So from an emotional side, I was like ‘right, don’t ever let your emotions be part of anything’.
He said he now counts himself very lucky that it was “only two years … of total chaos” before he learnt how to talk about it. “I just couldn’t put my finger on it,” he said. “I just didn’t know what was wrong with me.”
Even at royal engagements, he said, he had found himself battling a “flight or fight” reaction without properly understanding why. Once he started opening up to friends, he added, he found those same friends felt able to “unravel their own issues”.
“Because of the process I have been through over the past two and a half years, I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, been able to take my private life seriously as well, and been able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference and things that I think will make a difference to everybody else.”
Prince Harry speaks to the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon for the first episode of her new podcast, Mad World, where she interviews guests about their mental health experiences. The half-hour conversation provides listeners with a candid insight into the inner-most thoughts of a modern young royal. (April 2017)

Meena Gurung
Well done prince Harry. Princess Dianna will be very proud of you today.
This remarkable young man is just like his mom...Wonderful.
Vivian Taube
Kudos to Harry and Bryony for this podcast!
I could listen to him all day. He's so tender and soft spoken. I love when he shares his heart and thoughts with us.

I think heads together is brilliant. So many suffer in silence and I'm one of them. I'm not one to openly enjoy talking to a therapist. I'd prefer my best friend over a stranger. I have tried therapy in the past though. I did not like it much.

So many stigmas need to be removed from mental illness. I deal with depression mainly, but have noticed other things. And there is no cure all that I have found, just learning to cope in everyday life.
Keep up the great work!

Robin Chipman
Charles should have recognized his grief, Harry didn't have the supportive environment he needed. It makes me so angry. Thank goodness William & Kate support him. Those reptiles sure don't have the capacity.
Ruby Star
Approx 2 Minutes in, Bryony Asks Harry: "How Are You Today, Really?" ~ Harry Answers Honestly, by Saying: "Today, I'm Okay. I'm a little bit Nervous, a little bit Tight in the Chest, but otherwise, Fine." ~ Bryony Responds Completely Unintelligently, by Saying: "Don't Be Nervous." ~ Harry Says: "No, it's Understandable." Bryony then Says: "I Won't Bite, I Promise." ~ ~ IT IS MALPRACTICE TO TELL SOMEONE NOT TO FEEL WHAT THEY ARE FEELING!! ~ ~ IT'S ALSO DISRESPECTFUL, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT HONOURING THE OTHER PERSON'S PROCESS!! ~ ~ What Bryony's Inane Response Indicated to Me, was that She had NOT done enough work on Herself, to Respect and Honour and, Most of All, Simply ACCEPT, Where Someone Else, (in this Case, Harry), was AT!! ~ ACCEPTING WHERE YOU, OR SOMEONE ELSE IS AT, IS ABSOLUTELY KEY TO HEALING INTO WHOLENESS!!
Lenneth Boucher
I'm in on the support for mental health
Lenneth Boucher
This programme with Prince Harry it is sooooooooo interesting because with mental health issues ican relate to this because I had simular experiences where you bottled up everything inside of you and the worse part of it was when I shut down completely and it affected me soooo badly it was not funny but now I am happy that you all are taking the innisitive to do something about it I am very happy that this issue is brought on board thank God
Tarheel Boy
The Prime minister of Canada has a very large mental health problem. Soros has complete control of this individual and it is ruining Canada. He must be replaced as soon as possible to save Canada.
Rebecca Mireles
love from us the family if Edward Topar navy all the family and Micheal that he does the same work too
Rebecca Mireles
Geinaveves dental hurts me it's ancestors of this type hurts a lot too That's Edwards daughter and yes she practices on these areas and we defiantly world views hurt my family work too
Rebecca Mireles
No Sharon was sick my mom knew verbal attacks on the family and it was harder when you have to take a backseat in child abuse in homes and yes it's matter of probationary period anyway God bless you her no she's leaving us behind as royal blood
Rebecca Mireles
No I miss my mate very much he died and know that this was never normal for us Heath was no easy getting over at all they love covering it over and over again with the fact he went back for me as I time and time again for each other sickens me daily devoted by your rituals and yes it's always a challenge for the inspiring share
Rebecca Mireles
that she's claiming you so in-depth analysis not always for the better
Rebecca Mireles
when I right it's on behalf of my father and family Both Edwards and yes above all things great and small task if you don't know past war you don't know how to recover from it
Pageant Tribune Philippines
i really admire His Royal Highness.
micselaneous wickedwitch
The worst thing for me , when my young brother committed suicide, was being told by my husband and his " stiff upper lip " family that " For heaven's sake , pull yourself together , there's nothing you can do about it ." after fifteen years I still haven't got over it but unfortunately I feel angry and rather bitter about their emotionless personality being foisted upon me . Maybe too late for me but l just want to thank Prince Harry for his bravery in speaking out , Prince William for recognizing his brothers problems and the love , compassion he has for his brother and " H.R.H " the Duchess of Cambridge who has my sympathy for her smiling bravery in what must be a thankless task of being chased by the Press and looked down upon by some of the courtiers, lickspital gossipmongers and minor Royals who must make her life unpleasant . Catherine , don't bow down to the disgusting adulterer who made your Mother in Law Princess Diana of Wales's life so tormented and painful .
Wow, thank you for this and, a big big hug to Harry :)
Mary Thomas
Linda Yates, I don't know you,but I will agreed with you Harry over the years never smiled, now he is smiling from ear to ear he looked so happy now.Good for you HRHPrince Harry
Roberta Mathers
Right sensitive bloke. My guess is that there is a bit of an issue with his brother gettin a lot of attention when younger. I went through that. Sad he lost his mother so young. And had to serve and grieve in the public eye.
Bram De Vos
awesome respect - helped me too - thank you Harry - you are a prince
Lucy sargent
God Bless you, Prince Harry, I'm sure your mom is very proud of you...
Maye McDonald
Harry, I adored your Mother. She had a beautiful heart. Your candidness and honesty are two traits I hope you always honour. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being brave enough to reveal the mental stress and grief that set you back emotionally for so long. There is no shame in having feelings and needing some of them sorted out with the help of an objective therapist or friend. Good on you mate! ❤️
Hishuk Ish Tswalk
A very Good man.
William Cheng
What a prince! Really like the open and honest style. He is great! Just great!
sica h
He is a good young man and I wish him a very happy healthy long life
Maya Trendafilova
Mental health is fine to be discussed. Mental issues are the problematic topic and it's not only in UK, it's in whole Europe.
Daniela Georgeta
Goodness Gracious, How grateful I am to God for beloved Henry, core values and standards, so grateful:), boxing could help those alsothe hurt, to take out the pain:) , running is so good for our health, defintely good for a clear mind :)...I do not know I think for me prayer works best, knees and buckets of tears - God transforms pain into service, so beautiful Henry and well said, nature is God's creation, cannot live without nature either!I love cycling. Henry is so wise, my love! I would not stop stop hugging him either, I would be glued to Harry for a whole day at least:) only toilets break aloud:)) I love beloved Henry! so proud and grateful for you. Box, running, cycling are really good forms of exercise to clear our minds, prayer for me works best. I love you Henry!beloved heart 💙🌹x
donatella massa
Meraviglioso Harry voi mi ricordate la vostra amata ed indimenticata Diana
Linda Yates
what a fabulous young man it was obvious he as suffered with the loss of his mother for years his eyes never smiled. Iam so glad he as had some help he is his mother's son human and beautiful xx
Joakim Areskoug
Harry Mountbatten Windsor = הארי מונטבאטן וינדזור = 666
Harry Spencer = הארי ספנסר = 666
Prince Henry Albert David = הנסיך הנרי אלברט דוד = 666
Prince Charles of Wales = נסיך צ'רלס מוילס = 666

The three letters ἀρι (Harry) is mentioned in Revelation 13:18 6 times total.

ἀ = 1
ρ= 100
ι = 10

= 111

111 x 6 = 666
Dex T
Thank you. ......thank you........thank you
Ellen Moore
Great job to Harry & Bryony and everyone at Heads Together!
Good interview. It's good the see so many people that care
lučka šterjov
You two toghether, what a conversation, I am just glad I've listened
Deborah Burroughs
Thanks Harry, this helps a lot of people, myself especially.
Baba Roushka
Love Harry dearly after all he is the beloved son of beloved Diana RIP his Mother .William and Harry your Mom is looking down at you a very proud Mom xxxx
Greg Thomas
Thanks H.
Daniela Georgeta
what a soothing voice, calm and so much wisdom, and humble, so humble beloved Henry, love him dearly 🌹💙x, yes, congratulations to the beloved UK, God bless the Royal Family, so much grace:) beautiful!
Daniela Georgeta
absolutely genuine and beautiful 💙🌹x
Daniela Georgeta
💙🌹x, beloved Henry, so sensitive to others and so thoughtful and carrying, he has Diana's sensitivity, beloved Henry, so proud of him and so grateful, I thank God every day. I find that love is the most healing power that God gives us. "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten-- the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm -Joel 2:25
Thank You Prince Harry for having the courage to speak up and share with us Your Personal story. I believe Your Mother would be so proud of You......Jackie from Canada
Felicia Hill
I applaud Prince Harry for helping to remove the stigma of mental health, especially for men. Kudos!
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