Prince Harry has said he is so “overwhelmed” when he thinks of the world’s problems that he finds it “hard to get out of bed”.
The comments were made during a visit to a mosque in Cape Town yesterday as part of the Sussexes’ royal tour of South Africa.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 35 and 38 respectively, visited Auwul mosque, the oldest in South Africa.
During the engagement they met representatives from different faith groups to hear about the area’s interfaith dialogue. Peter Oki, 18, an Anglican Christian originally from Lagos, Nigeria, was one of the individuals who spoke to the Duke and Duchess.
Oki, who moved to Cape Town five years ago and attended a Jewish faith school where he was the only black student, asked Prince Harry what he wanted to use his platform for.
“Harry said that he often woke up and felt overwhelmed by too many problems in the world,” Oki told press.
“That sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed in the mornings because of all the issues.”
“But he wanted to use their platform to enable grassroots change and to try and create a better society.”
Prince Harry has spoken about his struggles with mental health in the past.
During a podcast interview with The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon in 2017, he said he had been “very close to total breakdown on numerous occasions” and has gone through therapy to help him come to terms with his mother’s death.
Yesterday, following the mosque visit, the Sussexes attended a reception at the British high commissioner’s residence.
The royal couple are currently on a 10-day tour of Cape Town and Johannesburg, after which Prince Harry will go on alone to Botswana, Angola and Malawi.
Today they meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at his legacy foundation before parting for separate engagements.