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Prince Harry opens up about Diana’s death in moving revelation

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Prince Harry has opened up about how he failed to deal with his mother’s death.

In a searingly honest interview Harry admits he buried his emotions for a long time.

Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997 when Harry was just 12-years-old.

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The 20th anniversary of her death will be marked by a number of official events, led by Harry and his brother Prince William. 

Harry gave the searingly honest interview for a programme to mark the tenth anniversary of a charity Sentebale which he set up in her memory.

The 32-year-old revealed: ‘I never really dealt with what had happened. It was a lot of buried emotion.

‘For a huge part of my life I didn’t really want to think about it.’

He said Sentebale, which he founded in 2006 to help children affected by HIV and Aids in Africa, had proved personally therapeutic.

‘I now view life very differently from what it used to be,’ he said. ‘I used to bury my head in the sand, and let everything around you tear you to pieces.

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William and Harry with their parents Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1989. Pic: REX

‘And now for me, I can see exactly where I want to take it. The fact that I’ve managed to keep Sentebale going … for the last 10/11 years has been fantastic because now everything else I’m involved with makes sense to me and I’m just getting started.

‘I need to make something of my life … I was fighting the system, going, “I don’t want to be this person”.

‘My mother died when I was very, very young and I don’t want to be in the position.

‘Now I’m so energised, fired up, to be lucky enough to be in a position to make a difference.’

Sentebale works in Lesotho, a land-locked African kingdom with one of the highest HIV rates in the world.

One in three children there are orphans, such are the ravages of the disease.

Harry founded the charity with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho’s royal family, whom he met on his gap year in the country, in memory of both their mothers.

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Princess Diana died in tragic circumstances after the car she was in was pursued by paparazzi

Harry said: ‘What started as an idea of me turning round and saying, right, I’ve got a year off, I want to do something really constructive with my life, want to do something that makes my mother proud.

‘Someone said, right, go to Lesotho, it’s like where the hell is that? Now I can see exactly where I want to take it. I have huge amounts of passion for the causes and interests and charities I’m involved with.’

Harry laughingly said he was a ‘ginger white prince’ who arrived in Africa with little idea of what he wanted to do.

‘At that stage I had no mechanism to be able to start a charity or make any more of an impact than literally being the ginger white prince to come and make these kids laugh,’ he said.

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‘To a certain extent this is a lot of unfinished business, unfinished work my mother never completed.’

 ‘Anybody that I have spoken to who has been to Africa, most of the people get it, and Africa gets it. For me personally, it is an escape,’ he explained.

‘Now not only have I found that escape, I have found a way to use the name and position for good. For me, now, I have this love of Africa and it will never disappear and I hope it carries on with my children as well.’

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