Prince Harry has bravely spoken out about his own Mental Health. Like, Love or Loathe the royal family, you can’t say that Harry has been anything but honest about his mental health.
As with most 20 something’s, Harry did have a couple of wild years, which likely all 20 something’s experience. However, his ordeal was, and is not, something the general public experience. Firstly, he is part of one of the most powerful families in the world, and with that title there comes a lot of protocol that even the Queen follows (Napkins on knees and using left hand for drinking Tea etc!).
But Harry was left bereft, along with his brother William at the untimely death of their mother Diana. At the tender age of 12, this strapping young boy who should have been looking forward to a summer holiday, smoking crafty cigarettes and thinking his mother would never know, exploring the grounds of Windsor and generally being a child, had all of this taken away.
His Mother was taken away from the world far too young. At the age of just 36, she died in a car crash in Paris and suffered extensive internal bleeding.
That year, Prince Harry cruelly had his childhood snatched away from him. Gone was the mother who would subject him to corny horror films, teach him about how to treat a lady and gently guide him around the battlefield which is Secondary School and friendships. Instead, he was left with anguish and pain. The most important person in his world was gone.
William did fare better as he was a little bit older and understood the world a little more. But he wasn’t unscathed. Both boys felt the bitter bite of death taking someone you love too soon, and both, in my opinion have never fully recovered.
Harry however, has sought professional help, and has opened up about his experience and his loss, explaining that he was frustrated to the point of ‘punching someone’ and he is now ‘in a good place’.
A lot of people criticize the royal family for their treatment of Diana, and to some extent Camilla, however, at the very heart of them, are 2 young, damaged men who not only lost their mother, but have struggled since with their own demons.
Harry’s ‘coming out’ with his own mental health concerns is to be applauded, for if more people talked about things like PTSD and Shock more, then the stigma would gradually break down, and people would no longer be ashamed to admit they need a helping hand to get through the bad times.
The fact Harry has found a new romance is certainly helping, and hopefully, it will be a success for him, especially as he is able to help military workers, and his girlfriend has all the links to get specialists involved to help with the cause.