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Prince Harry describes mental problems after Diana's death

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/17/2017
An overview shows The White Garden, a new memorial garden which marks 20 years since the death of Britain's Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace in London, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Kensington Palace was the home of Princess Diana for 15 years and is now a residence for her two sons Prince Harry and Prince William, with his wife Kate and their two children George and Charlotte. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press An overview shows The White Garden, a new memorial garden which marks 20 years since the death of Britain's Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace in London, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Kensington Palace was the home of Princess Diana for 15 years and is now a residence for her two sons Prince Harry and Prince William, with his wife Kate and their two children George and Charlotte. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has broken with royal tradition of maintaining silence about mental health issues by speaking candidly of his problems following the death of his mother Princess Diana.

The 32-year-old prince told The Daily Telegraph in an interview published Monday that he needed counseling and nearly suffered breakdowns in the two decades since his mother died in a 1997 car crash.

He told the newspaper he "shut down all his emotions" for nearly 20 years. He said he had been "very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions."

He said he endured "two years of total chaos" because of his inability to deal with his grief.

Harry has worked with a charity that promotes mental health.

He has never before spoken openly about his problems dealing with Diana's death.

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