In Heart of Invictus, Prince Harry Reflects on Losing Princess Diana

In Heart of Invictus, Prince Harry Reflects on Losing Princess Diana

Prince Harry's new Netflix docuseries, Heart of Invictus, is not focused on the royal. Rather, he uses his spotlight to tell stories of wounded veterans, and how they found renewed purpose through sport and competing at the Invictus Games.

Yet, there are moments in which the Duke of Sussex gets personal, including in episode two when he discusses coming back from his second tour of Afghanistan, and how that triggered trauma over his mother Princess Diana's death.

"My tour of Afghanistan in 2012, flying Apaches, somewhere after that there was an unraveling and the trigger to me was actually returning from Afghanistan. But the stuff that was coming up was from 1997 from the age of 12, losing my mum at such a young age, the trauma that I had I was never really aware of, it was never discussed," Harry said.

He continued, "It was never discussed, I didn't really talk about it and I suppressed it like most youngsters would have done. But when it all came fizzing out, I was bouncing off the walls. I was like, 'What is going on here? I'm now feeling everything as opposed to being numb.' The biggest struggle for me was no one around me really could help."

In episode four, he discusses the trauma of Diana' s death again, saying, "I had that moment in my life where I didn't know about it, but because of the trauma of losing my mom when I was 12, for all those years I had no emotion. I was unable to cry, I was unable to feel."

This is not Harry's first time discussing the trauma of his mother's death, or how he didn't cry. In his memoir, Spare, he talks about what finally going to therapy meant, and even writes in the acknowledgements thanking his therapist for "helping unravel years of unresolved trauma."

You Might Also Like