Prince Harry Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles Over Princess Diana’s Death.
The Brits are known for holding a stiff lip, the less emotion you show the stronger you are. The Royal family is no exception. When Princess Diana died in the horrible car crash in a Paris tunnel on August 31, 1997, Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the family took refuge in Balmoral castle in Scotland. All the while, the rest of the United Kingdom was reeling from the tragic news and expecting more than silence from their queen.
The public turned on the Royal family, particularly Queen Elizabeth, accusing them of being heartless and disconnected. Many worried that Prince William and Prince Harry, who were 15 and 12 at the time, would be raised in the same cold, no emotion environment as Prince Charles. A contrast to Diana's hands-on, affectionate, and loving approach.
Today, Prince William, 34, and Prince Harry, 32, seem to not only push away the notion that being aloof and cold is normal, but have also tackled the often uncomfortable conversation surrounding mental illness.
Princess Diana wanted her sons to have a regular upbringing.
Eating McDonald's, going to amusement parks, and visiting AIDS patients was some of the things Diana did with her two sons.
When Prince Harry was born on September 15, 1984, he was third in line of succession.
For Diana, it was important that her two sons had a normal childhood because she was aware their lives would always be unique from everyone else.
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Prince William was the first heir to the throne to attend public school, Harry followed suit.
"She very much wanted to get us to see the rawness of real life. And I can't thank her enough for that, 'cause reality bites in a big way, and it was one of the biggest lessons I learned is, just how lucky and privileged so many of us are -- particularly myself," Prince William told Katie Couric in 2012.
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Diana had high hopes for her two boys.
She famously said "I want them to have an understanding of people’s emotions, people’s insecurities, people’s distress, and of their hopes and dreams."
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Queen Elizabeth was criticized for taking William and Harry to church on the same day of their mother's death.
When Diana was alive and a member of the Royal family, insiders say the Queen saw her former daughter-in-law as a "misfit."
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