PRINCE Harry today joked and smiled as he took part in a children’s ballet class, telling the group of youngsters they were “all fantastic”.
The 34-year-old was standing at the front of the room as he encouraged the kids to take part in the “balancing challenge”.
Prince Harry today took part in a balancing challenge at the YMCA in West London[/caption]
He was joking with locals after the ballet session this afternoon[/caption]
He told the youngsters to “pick a spot and stare at it” as they all tried to balance on one leg at the centre in Ealing, West London.
A laughing Duke of Sussex told one girl: “You were very very good, well done.”
He added: “You were all fantastic.”
The impromptu ballet session came after Harry discussed mental health during a YMCA visit following his own battle after the death of his mother Diana.
LOSS OF HIS MUM
He has previously opened up about mental health and revealed how he dealt with coming to terms with the loss of mum.
Harry, who admitted he “shut down all his emotions” for two decades before seeking help, said fun and humour are helping him to move on.
He said the key to a happy life is to “grow up but also to stay in touch with your childhood side”.
Harry was only 12 when Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
He admitted that he sought counselling, a revelation being viewed as a major prompt for those suffering from mental health to speak out.
KEEPING QUIET WILL MAKE IT WORSE
Reflecting on his own turmoil he said: “I know there’s huge merit in talking about your issues.
“Keeping it quiet will only ever make it worse, not just for you but everyone else around you, because you become a problem.
“And I, through a lot of my 20s, was a problem, and I didn’t know how to deal with it.
“Once you start talking about it to your mates, two months later those mates were coming back to me and starting to slowly unravel their own issues, because they knew that I could relate to it.”
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Meanwhile, both Harry and William said the loss of their mother “uniquely bonded them” – despite not discussing her death for years.
Harry said: “Both of us have always been open to each other saying we’ve never really talked about losing a mum at such a young age.
“And when you speak to other people’s families and little kids and stuff, you think, wow, you know, I don’t want them to have to go through the same things.
“With a little bit of experience, you want to help as much as you can and try and empower them to have that conversation, to be brave enough for themselves to talk about it at a young age rather than bottling it up for far too long.”
Prince Harry, pictured aged 10 in May 1995, has opened up about the loss of his mum[/caption]
Prince Harry with brother Prince William and mum Princess Diana in 1995[/caption]
Princes William, Harry and Charles at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997[/caption]
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