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Army handout photo of Prince Harry in a Spartan armoured reconnaissance vehicle during his driving and maintenance phase at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) Driving and Maintenance School at Bovington in Dorset on Friday July 7 2006. See PA Feature ROYAL Column. PA Photo/Steve Dock

“20 years of Bottling it Led to 2 Years of Total Chaos”: Prince Harry on Coping After his Mother’s Death

Prince Harry has opened up in Kensington Palace about his years of turmoil after two decades of not thinking about his mother, Diana Princess of Wales’ tragic death in Paris in 1997. The fifth in line to the British throne who was 12 when his mother died, said he had spent his adolescent years and twenties determined to block out dark thoughts about her passing. “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he said. “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.” The admission in a 25-minute podcast interview about his fragile state of mind with The Telegraph is one of the most revealing from a member of the Royal family renowned for their discretion …

The Princess of wales follows her sons Prince Harry (right), five years old, and Prince William, seven, on Harry's first day at the Wetherby School in Notting Hill, West London.

Diana Letters About ‘Naughty’ Harry Fetches £15K

A touching note handwritten by Diana, Princess of Wales on headed Kensington Palace paper complaining that Prince Harry was “constantly in trouble at school”, was part of royal correspondence bought for £15,200 at auction. In the letter dated 20 September 1984 Diana thanked ex-Buckingham Palace steward Cyril Dickman — described as “a favourite of every member of the Royal Family” — for “such a lovely card” following the birth of her youngest son, Harry. Read more: Princess Diana’s Fashion Story Retold after 20 Years She wrote: “William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near! “The reaction to one tiny person’s birth has totally overwhelmed us and I can hardly breathe for the mass of flowers that are arriving here!” The letter sold for £3,200, after an estimated price of £400-600 at Cheffin Auctions. In another, dated 17 October 1992, Diana says how both young princes “are well and enjoying boarding school a lot, although Harry is constantly in trouble!”. This sold …

A restorer applying gilt and finishing touches to the Kensington Palace gates | Photograph: Bolaji Babafemi

The Diana Gate: A Brief History

Eighteen years after the untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Kensington Palace gates unofficially named after her is almost unrecognisable from the wrought iron gates that bore hundreds of floral tributes which spilled into the surrounding gardens in 1997. But it still remains the focal point where her memory continues to be honoured on the anniversary of the Paris crash.

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Mario Testino: Di Favourite to Shoot Princess Charlotte

Mario Testino has got the gig to photograph Princess Charlotte’s christening ceremony and he’s delighted. Which snapper wouldn’t be. But the Peruvian’s association with royalty goes way back to when late Diana, Princess of Wales chose him to shoot some of her most revealing portraits inside Kensington Palace. The most memorable one being the Vanity Fair cover after her divorce in July 1997. The sultry pose in a white and silver off-the-shoulder dress portrayed the Princess as a confident and independent woman ready to face the world on her own terms. It was Testino who again got the call when Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton in 2010. A Kensington Palace spokesman said of the new commission: “The Duke and Duchess are delighted that Mario Testino will help capture this important moment for their family and look forward to sharing the photographs with the public.” Testino whose tentacles stretches to the world of high octane fashion and commercial advertising photography working with supermodels Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Giselle Bundchen, somehow still feels elated …