Prince Harry Says He Didn’t Talk About His Mother’s Death the First 28 Years of His Life 

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The prince revealed that he wished he had discussed his own loss long ago.

On Monday (July 25, 2016), Prince Harry hosted a barbecue at Kensington Palace for Heads Together, a charity that supports mental health causes. During the festivities, Harry spoke with Rio Ferdinand, a former footballer for England and Manchester United whose wife died tragically last year, briefly mentioning the death of his mother Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997.

You know, I really regret not ever talking about it. For the first 28 years of my life – never talked about it,” he said, via Mashable.

The 31-year-old told the BBC that the purpose of the event was to present positive role models who are coping with grief and depression in the best way possible.

“It is okay 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,” he said.

The prince explained that he wants to change the public’s perception of mental illness and what it takes to overcome it, stating that celebrity and wealth do not alleviate personal loss.

“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,” he explained. “It is very easy for someone to look at someone like Rio Ferdinand and say, ‘You get paid all the money in the world, you are a successful footballer, you have fast cars.’ But at the end of the day his 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.”