Written by Zoë Holloway, July 26, 2016

Prince Harry has opened up about the death of his mother – revealing the biggest regret he has was not talking about her passing sooner. The 31-year-old was at an event for his mental health charity Heads Together at Kensington Palace when he opened up about losing his mum at the tender age of 12.

ITALY - MAY 05:  Princess Diana Cuddling Her Baby Son, Prince Harry, Aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia During Her Royal Tour Of Italy.  (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

‘I really regret not ever talking about it,’ he said, adding that he didn’t speak about Diana’s death ‘for the first 28 years of [his] life’.

Footballer Rio Ferdinand, who lost his wife to cancer last year leaving him to raise their three children alone, asked Harry about the impact of losing a mother and how that can affect  children.

‘It’s OK to suffer, as long as you talk about it,’ said Harry. ‘It’s not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving that problem.

‘Mental health can affect anyone,’ he added. ‘Whether you’re a member of the royal family, whether you’re a soldier, whether you’re a sports star, whether you’re a team sport, individual sport, whether you’re a white van driver, whether you’re a mother, father, a child, it doesn’t really matter.’

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