Sinéad O’Connor penned an open letter to Prince Harry this week all about grief, and how she fully understands and identifies with his feelings and actions following the death of Princess Diana. The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer also lost her mother when she was a teenager, which has impacted her mental health (via The Mirror). “I’m writing this because you and I have something in common Harry. I also lost my mother in a car crash … I do know something of the grief you’ve been brave enough to share in the public arena,” O’Connor wrote in the letter. “It’s a shock that takes years to come out of, when someone dies so violently and suddenly. It’s a lifetime’s recovery,” she continued. “I really identified with you when you shared the rage and anger you felt at the time of your mother’s passing. I was the same. I’m sure we all were, any of us who ever lost someone in that sudden way.”
O’Connor went on to praise Harry for opening up about his own struggles. “As someone who has trauma-related mental health struggles, I wanted to let you know how bowled over I am by your Apple TV series. A lot of us appreciate what you’re doing,” she said. “Most importantly, we know how proud your mama is of the incredible young man you are,” O’Connor added. It appears that Harry’s series has impacted many, and O’Connor was so moved by it that she felt compelled to speak out publicly.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), or visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.