Britain's Prince Harry suffered "total chaos" before eventually seeking help to deal with the death of his mother Princess Diana, he said in an interview published yesterday.
For the first time, Prince Harry is opening up about his deeply personal struggle following his mother's death. It's only going to make you sad.
Harry said he didn't truly start working through his grief until three years ago.
Along with his brother Prince William and sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge, Harry has worked with a charity that promotes mental health.
"I've probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and lies and misconceptions [are circulating], and everything's coming at you from every angle, but it comes with the job", he added.
Harry, who spent 10 years in the British armed forces and served two tours in Afghanistan, said in the interview that his struggles had consumed much of his 20s.
"It's inspiring to see Prince Harry speaking out about his experience".
"Some of the best people or easiest people to speak to is a shrink or whoever - the Americans call them shrinks - someone you have never met before", he said. "It comes with the role, and one of the hardest things, I suppose, is not being able to have that voice and stand up for yourself, and to let it wash over you".More news: North Korea has frightening chemical weapons capabilities, Japan PM says
Asked about counseling, he said he had done it "more than a couple of times, but it's great".
In the interview, Harry said he had at times felt "on the verge of punching someone" and had taken up boxing as an outlet for the aggression he felt.
Harry has also worked extensively with wounded veterans and has organized the Invictus Games to foster worldwide sporting competition for injured or ill service personnel and veterans.
He credited counseling with helping him recover.
"My brother you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me and kept saying 'You know this is not right, this is not normal, you need to talk about this stuff, it's okay, "' Harry said.
Harry told interviewer Bryony Gordon, who has written extensively about her own struggles with depression and other issues, that he is in a "good place" now, and praised William for helping him seek help after many years of suffering in silence.
"I'd hope she'd be incredibly proud", Harry responded.