Prince Harry, 31, regrets not opening up sooner about how his mother’s death affected him.
He has revealed he only began talking three years ago about the sudden death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Harry was hosting a Kensington Palace event for mental health charity Heads Together .
Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and Olympic gold medallists Victoria Pendleton and Kelly Holmes were among the guests, and were accompanied by a partner, relative or sports psychologist who had helped them through their darkest moments.
The BBC said Ferdinand, whose wife died last year, asked Harry about the impact it might have on his children. Harry replied: “I really regret not ever talking about it.”
He added he did not speak about losing his mother “for the first 28 years of my life”.
Harry was 12 and his brother William 15 when Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.
“It’s OK to suffer, as long as you talk about it. It’s not a weakness.”
Harry added: “The key message here today is that everyone can suffer from mental health. Whether you’re a member of the royal family, whether you’re a soldier, whether you’re a sports star, whether you’re a team sport, individual sport, whether you’re a white van driver, whether you’re a mother, father, a child, it doesn’t really matter.”
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