View photos Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry who has said he regrets not opening up sooner about how his mother’s death affected himCredit: PA More 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: Ive done that a couple of times, more than a couple of times, but its great. The Prince admitted that at times he had struggled with aggression and turned to boxing as an outlet for his frustration. look what i foundMy way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help? During those years I took up boxing, because everyone was saying boxing is good for you and its 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 youre part of quite a big club, he said. Later this year, the Prince and the Duke will commemorate the 20th anniversary of their mothers death, commissioning a statue and presenting awards in her name to honour kindness, compassion and service. View photos Prince Harry with a picture of his mother Princess Diana, with staff and users of The Running Charity, which is the UK’s first running-orientated programme for homeless and vulnerable young people, in Willesden in north west London.Credit: Geoff Pugh More 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] its only going to make you sad, its not going to bring her back. So from an emotional side, I was like right, dont ever let your emotions be part of anything.
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