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So SadPrince Harry on Mother Princess Diana’s Death — “I Never Really Dealt With What Had Happened”

Prince Harry is bringing tears to our eyes.

The red-headed royal was just 12-years-old when he heard the news of his mother Princess Diana‘s tragic death from a car accident — and now, nearly two decades later, he is opening up about he coped with her unfortunate passing.

“I never really dealt with what had happened. It was a lot of buried emotion,” Harry, 32, said in a recent documentary for ITV called Prince Harry in Africa. “For a huge part of my life I didn’t really want to think about it.”

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Harry and Diana in 1986.

“I used to bury my head in the sand, and let everything around you tear you to pieces,” he continued. “I now view life very differently from what it used to be.”

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Harry’s older brother, Prince William, 34, recently revealed how he’s dealt with losing his mom. “Time makes it easier. I still miss my mother every day — and it’s 20 years after she died,” the Duke of Cambridge confessed. “The important thing is to talk about it as a family.” So sweet.

Click through the gallery below to see Diana’s cutest moments with William and Harry!