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Prince Harry was only 12-years-old when his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car accident in 1997. Her tragic passing became the most talked about news event that year, but young Harry was too young to join the conversation. Now, almost 20 years later, he is ready to open up.

"I'd never really dealt with what had actually happened," the 32-year-old says in a new documentary, Prince Harry in Africa. "There was a lot of buried emotion and, for a huge part of my life, I just didn't even want to think about it."

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"I now view life very differently from what it used to be," Harry later added. "I used to bury my head in the sand, and let everything around you tear you to pieces."

"I just didn't even want to think about it."
"I just didn't even want to think about it."
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The prince now claims he is able to move forward with his life by "following in her footsteps."

The documentary follows Harry to Lesotho, Africa, where he started his charity Sentebale, an organization helps young people with HIV and AIDS. Princess Diana was known for her work with AIDS and the cause has become Harry's passion as well. Earlier this month we saw Harry take an AIDS test with BFF Rihanna.

Here's a clip of Prince Harry's documentary, which airs on ITV today.