Prince Harry reveals who helped him cope when he lost his mum

Sarah Carty

Prince Harry has opened up about dealing with the death of his mother, Princess Diana, claiming an army sergeant helped him through the tough time.

The 32-year-old royal spoke at a youth mentoring event at Mackie Academy in Aberdeenshire as part of the festivities for The Diana Award, where he revealed that his Colour Sergeant at Sandhurst was his saving grace.

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"I was at a stage in my life when I was probably lacking a bit in guidance," he explained.

Prince Harry has opened up about his pain after his mother's death. Photo: Getty.

"I lost my mum when I was very young and suddenly I was surrounded by a huge number of men in the army."

He then went on to detail how his Colour Sergeant had given him back the confidence he so desperately needed.

"He was someone who teased me at the right moments and gave me the confidence to look forward, to actually have that confidence in yourself to know who you are and to push forward and try to help others," he said.

However he failed to mention the name of the man in question, who he claimed “wouldn’t have wanted me to.”

Prince Harry was 12-years-old when his mother passed away. Photo: Getty.

Princess Diana passed away in 1997, when Prince Harry was just 12-years-old and both he and Prince William have only begun opening up about her death in recent years.

In August Prince William told a young boy who lost his own mother that he still misses Princess Diana every single day.

The 34-year-old Duke of Cambridge was visiting Keech Hospice in Luton, with his wife Kate Middleton, when he told 14-year-old Ben Hines "time makes it easier," as he comforted the teenager about the loss of his mother last year.

He was speaking at a youth mentoring event at Mackie Academy in Aberdeenshire. Photo: Getty.

"I know how you feel. I still miss my mother every day – and it's 20 years after she died," he went on to say.

At another point he put his hand on the boy's shoulder and turned to his emotional father, telling them: "promise me that you will talk to each other." Men, he said, are not "great sharers."

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