LONDON — Prince Harry has said he regretted not opening up sooner about his mother's death in 1997.
Princess Diana was killed in a car crash when Prince Harry was just 12.
During a barbecue at Kensington Palace for the mental health charity Heads Together, he told the BBC that "everyone can suffer for mental health issues."
"It is OK to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving that problem," he said.
Prince Harry says he regrets not opening up sooner about how his mother's death affected him @Heads_Togetherhttps://t.co/EtW7fBUFs2— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) July 25, 2016
As he chatted to Rio Ferdinand, the former England and Manchester United footballer who lost his wife last year, Prince Harry, who is 31, said: "You know, I really regret not ever talking about it."
"For the first 28 years of my life - never talked about it."
Ferdinand, who is father of three children, said of the Prince: "He's gone through different stages in his life that my kids are going to be going towards. So to get some of his experiences is very rewarding for me and very educational in many ways."