Prince Harry had an out of body experience during Princess Dianas funeral

It's been 25 years since Princess Diana's tragic death in a car crash when her sons Prince Harry was just 12 and Prince William was 15.

A young Prince Harry bravely joined his brother and father to walk behind his mother's coffin as she laid to rest at Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997.

Harry later admitted how badly his mother's death affected him, speaking to Oprah Winfrey last year in his documentary The Me You Can’t See.

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In the series where he broke down stigmas around mental health, Harry shared his experienced of going through grief publicly.

On the anniversary of Diana's funeral, here's a look at the heart breaking details shared by Harry about how he struggled to cope after his mother's death.

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Speaking about Princess Diana's death, Prince Harry recalled feeling "outside" of his own body at her funeral and just "doing what was expected" of him.

He revealed to Oprah – an executive producer of The Me You Can’t See – that he and Prince William were still in a state of shock as Diana's funeral was being broadcast to the world.

He said: "For me, the thing I remember the most was the sound of the horses’ hooves going along the mall, red brick road. It was like I was outside of my body and just walking along, doing what was expected of me, showing one-tenth of the emotion everybody else was showing."

He also admitted that he drank too much and tried drugs hoping to 'mask' the pain caused by his mother's death, adding that he didn't process his grief because he didn't want to think about her.

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He said: "Because if I think about her, then it’s going to bring up the fact that I can’t bring her back and it’s just going to make me sad, what the point in thinking about something sad, what’s the point in thinking about someone that you’ve lost and you’re never going to get back again? And I just decided not to talk about it."

Harry revealed that he started therapy to deal with the trauma of losing his mother, and that it was during an argument with his wife Meghan that he realised he needed to get help to deal with the hurt and anger he had been carrying for years.

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After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back as working royals, their "tell-all" interview with Oprah revealed than Meghan was under intense scrutiny, which influenced their decision to move to the US.

During the interview, Harry seemed to compare Meghan's experience with what his late mother Diana went through, saying he was worried about " history repeating itself."

He told Oprah: "I'm just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side. Because I can't begin to imagine what it must have been like for her going through this process by herself all those years ago."


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