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Prince Harry on Diana's Death: 'It Is OK to Suffer, as Long as You Talk About It'

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This is a Thursday, July 7, 2016 file photo of Britain's Prince Harry as he takes part in a round table discussion with HIV doctors at King's College Hospital in south London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool, File)

By    |   Monday, 25 Jul 2016 12:41 PM

Prince Harry only opened up about the loss of his mother three years ago, and the royal said recently he regrets not talking about the tragedy sooner.

The prince made the comments while promoting the mental health campaign Heads Together at a barbecue at Kensington Palace earlier this month, the Daily Mail reported. He made the revelation while talking with former Manchester United soccer star Rio Ferdinand, who lost his wife to cancer in 2015.

"I regret not talking about losing my mother," said 31-year-old Prince Harry, who lost his mother Princess Diana when he was just 12. He went on admit that he did not talk about his mother's death "for the first 28 years of my life."

Prince Harry said he came to realize that talking about his feelings and the impact of the loss was a strength, not a "weakness," noted the BBC News.

"It is okay to suffer, but as long as you talk about it," he said. "It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognizing it and not solving that problem."

The prince said the he hopes to use the Heads Together event with athletic stars to show that mental health problems can affect anyone.

"A lot of people think if you've got a job, if you've got financial security, if you've got a family, you've got a house, all that sort of stuff, everyone seems to think that is all you need and you are absolutely fine to deal with stuff," Prince Harry said, according to the BBC.

Ferdinand told the Daily Mail that speaking to Prince Harry about dealing with his loss of a parent helped him realize how to work with his children after the loss of their mother.

"[Prince Harry has] gone through different stages in his life that my kids are going to be going towards," Ferdinand told the Daily Mail. "So to get some of his experiences is very rewarding for me and very educational in many ways."

The Guardian's Fay Schopen wrote that Prince Harry's story struck a chord with her, too. Schopen said she has struggled with the loss of her mother when she was 10.

"It has taken me 30 years to realize that my story isn't over — and that talking about my mother's death doesn't mean I am stuck in the past, but that I am moving forward," she wrote. "I have started writing about her more, and about the multifaceted aspects of bereavement. And because of this opening up, not only have strangers been in touch, but also people who knew my mother."

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