Prince Harry’s childhood grief ‘you don’t get over it’, says psychologist

Prince Harry mourned the loss of his mother in front of the world at just 12 years old and a psychologist says the Duke of Sussex would never "get over it".

Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 leaving a devastating impact on the young royal.

Dr Linda Blair, a clinical psychologist has said that Harry will have "gotten through it" but not "over it" after watching him open up on his huge loss in his new Netflix docuseries.

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In the programme, he said: "When my mum died, we had two hats to wear.

“One was two grieving sons wanting to cry, grieve and process that grief because of losing our mum.

"And two was the royal hat – show no emotion, get out there and meet the people, shake their hands.”

Harry added: "The UK literally swept me and William up as their children.

"An expectation to see myself and William out and about was really hard for the two of us."

In the documentary Harry, 38, said he did not receive the right support in the aftermath of his mother’s death.

He said: “I was trying to balance the whole experience of being a young boy who was trying to deal with the loss of his mum without much support or help or guidance. It didn’t seem right, it didn’t seem fair."

Dr Blair stressed the importance of speaking to children who are suffering bereavement.

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Speaking to the Guardian, she said: "First of all I would say you don’t get over it, you get through it. And it depends on how you’re encouraged to negotiate your feelings. So it’s who’s left behind and the attention and time they give you that can make the difference.

“At that age, children obviously understand that death is a permanent thing, and there’s often fear – ‘who else am I going to lose or am I going to die?’ – because the idea of death has been pushed into their face.

"And so time to talk about it is really important, but talk about it their way.”

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