Prince Harry had no emotion after Dianas death before unleashing chaos

Prince Harry had "no emotion" following the death of Princess Diana, he confessed in a new Netflix documentary.

Heart of Invictus, the Duke of Sussex's latest offering on the streaming platform, saw the royal chat to war veterans competing in his Invictus Games about the trauma they had been through.

Speaking to Canadian contestant Darrell Ling – who suffers from social anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – the Prince admitted he "can't pretend" to know what he had been through but said he could sympathise with his struggles.

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"I had that moment in my life where I didn’t know about it, but because of the trauma of losing my mum when I was 12, for all those years, I had no emotion," the Prince told Ling.

"I was unable to cry, I was unable to feel.

"And it wasn’t until later in my life, age 28, there was a circumstance that happened that the first few bubbles [of emotion] started coming out.

"Then suddenly it was like someone shook it and it just went pfft. Then it was chaos. My emotions were sprayed all over the wall everywhere I went and I was like, ‘How the hell do I contain this?’"

The confession comes a day before the 26th anniversary of Diana's tragic death.

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The People's Princess was killed in a horror car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997, at the age of 36, leaving behind her two children – Harry and Prince William, who was 15 at the time.

Speaking about the aftermath of his mum's death in Heart of Invictus' second episode, he added: "The biggest struggle for me was that no one around me could really help.

"I didn't have that support structure that network or that expert advice to identify what was actually going on with me.

"Unfortunately like most of us, the first time you really consider therapy is when you're lying on the floor in the foetal position probably wishing that you dealt with some of this stuff previously."

Harry has spoken out numerous times about the death of his mother and has even compared his wife, Meghan Markle, to his late parent.

"So much of what Meghan is and how she is is so similar to my mum," he said in the first episode of the couple's debut documentary, Harry & Meghan, released in December 2022.

"She has the same compassion. She has the same empathy. She has the same confidence. She has this warmth about her."

Harry's admission comes in the fourth episode of his new six-part series, released today (Wednesday, August 30).

The documentary follows various competitors on their journey to the fifth Invictus Games, hosted in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2022 following a two-year hiatus after the Covid pandemic.

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