Prince Harry Says Serving In Afghanistan Forced Him To Deal With Princess Diana's Death

The 32-year-old prince has revealed his work as a soldier in Afghanistan helped him deal with his grief over his mother's untimely death.

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Last month, we learned that Prince William and Prince Harry feel they let down their mother when they were younger. 'We couldn't protect her,' they revealed in a new BBC One documentary to honour the late Princess, out later this summer.

And it seems Prince Harry is sharing his emotions regarding his mother yet again, having just revealed his time in Afghanistan triggered him to get help dealing with Diana's death.

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In a conversation for Forces TV with Paralympic medal winner and former Invictus Games captain Dave Henson, the Prince admitted: 'I've got plenty of issues but none of them really relate to Afghanistan, but Afghanistan was the thing that triggered everything else.

'Not to get too personal, if you lose your mum at the age of 12 then you've got to deal with it and the idea that....15, 17 years later I still hadn't dealt with it, Afghan was the moment. I was like 'right—deal with it,' he added.

The admission comes three years after Prince Harry's second tour - following his first tour of duty in 2008 and a 20-week tor of duty from September 2012 to January 2013 - around the same time he created the international Paralympic-style multi-sport event, the Invictus Games, in which wounded, injured or sick members of the armed forced and associated veterans compete.

Having created the games, with the support of his grandmother and world leaders, Harry says he's been able to start healing and is coming to terms with his mother's death.

'Going through Invictus and speaking to all the guys about their issues has really healed me and helped me.

For me, Invictus has been a sort of cure for myself...There was many times in my early life and also many times in Afghan and coming back from Afghan when you actually feel helpless.

'Once I plucked my head out of the sand, post-Afghan...It had a huge, life changing moment for me as well—'Right, you are Prince Harry, you can do this, as long as you're not a complete tit, then you're gonna be able to get that support, because you've got the credibility of 10 years' service and therefore, you can really make a difference',' he added.

In the interview, the Royal also called his military experience the time of his life.

'The military was the university of life. Afghanistan was the experience of your life,' he said.

'I've never met anyone now who can't speak positively of their time in the military. Of course we had bad days but the good days far outweigh that,' he added.

Anyone else want to give Harry the biggest bear hug, right now?

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