Prince Harry: I Regret Not Talking About Death Of Mother Princess Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles
Diana, Princess of Wales with Princes Harry, William and Charles, London, August 19, 1995. Diana died two years later. Johnny Eggitt/Getty

Prince Harry said he regrets not speaking about the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, until three years ago.

The prince was asked by ex-England footballer Rio Ferdinand about the possible impact of his wife's 2015 death on his children. The royal replied: "I really regret not ever talking about it [his mother's death]."

Prince Harry was hosting an event for mental health charity Heads Together, which he formed with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Diana was killed in a car crash in 1997, when Harry was 12, but the prince said he did not speak about losing his mother "for the first 28 years of my life."

The event was attended by sports stars including Ferdinand, athletes Kelly Holmes and Ewan Thomas, and cyclist Victoria Pendleton—some of whom have spoken publicly about dealing with depression.

The prince told BBC Breakfast: "It is OK to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognizing it and not solving that problem."