Prince Harry has spoken out about his upsetting experience at mother Princess Diana's funeral, revealing the deeper heartache it caused him.
In 1997 Harry was just 12 years old when he joined his 15 year old brother Prince William, father Prince Charles, and uncle Earl Spencer, in a funeral procession through the streets of London.
In an extensive interview with Newsweek, Harry has spoken out about how that incident scarred him for years to come.
"My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television.
"I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today."
The prince spoke about how his mother's death led to questionable behaviour in his teens and early twenties, saying:
“My mother died when I was very young. I didn't want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good. I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people and making them laugh,” he says. “I sometimes still feel I am living in a goldfish bowl, but I now manage it better. I still have a naughty streak too, which I enjoy and is how I relate to those individuals who have got themselves into trouble.
Harry continued on to reveal the important impact his mother had on his 'ordinary' life.
“My mother took a huge part in showing me an ordinary life, including taking me and my brother to see homeless people. Thank goodness I’m not completely cut off from reality," he said "People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live. I do my own shopping. Sometimes, when I come away from the meat counter in my local supermarket, I worry someone will snap me with their phone. But I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too.”