Prince Harry has opened up abut how he finally learned to grieve for his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
He told The Telegraph that he suppressed his grief when he was younger and it was only in his late twenties, after two years of "total chaos" and coming close to a "complete breakdown," that he fully processed his emotions.
"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 explained.
"I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and all sorts of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle."
Harry was 12 when his mother died in a tragic car accident in Paris in August, 1997.
"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?" he said.
"(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.'"
However, eventually, the grief caught up with him and he was left unable to block his feelings any longer.
"And then [I] started to have a few conversations and actually all of a sudden, all of this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was like, there is actually a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with," he recalled.
He took up boxing after feeling "on the verge of punching someone," which helped channel his aggression. He turned to counseling upon the advice of his brother, Prince William.
"It's all about timing. And for me personally, my brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me. He kept saying, 'This is not right, this is not normal, you need to talk to [someone] about stuff, it's okay,'" he said.
"The timing wasn't right. You need to feel it in yourself, you need to find the right person to talk to as well."
Harry, together with his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have launched Heads Together, a charity which promotes good mental well-being.
"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," he said.
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