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Prince Harry was just 12 years old when his mum died. Now, almost 20 years on, the fifth-in-line to the throne has admitted that he never really came to terms with the tragedy.
In a frank interview with ITV, Harry opened up about Princess Diana's death, saying: "I never really dealt with what had happened. It was a lot of buried emotion. For a huge part of my life, I didn't really want to think about it.
"My mother died when I was very, very young and I don't want to be in the position. Now I'm so energised, fired up, to be lucky enough to be in a position to make a difference."
In the interview, which is a part of Prince Harry In Africa on ITV at 9pm on Tuesday, he went on to say that his mother was his inspiration and what made him set up his charity, Sentebale, which helps those in need in Africa.
Sentebale was founded in 2006 between Harry and Prince Seeiso. It works with those affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa and Harry was motivated to start the charity after spending his gap year in 2004 visiting Lesotho.
He said: "What started as an idea of me turning round and saying, 'right, I've got a year off, I want to do something really constructive with my life, want to do something that makes my mother proud'.
"I have huge amounts of passion for the causes and interests and charities I'm involved with."
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