Sinéad O’Connor has penned an open letter to Prince Harry, following the release of his Apple TV documentary The Me You Can’t See.
In the documentary, the Duke of Sussex candidly opened up about the death of his late mother Princess Diana in 1997, and how if affected his mental health years later.
In a piece for the Sunday Independent newspaper, the 54-year-old wrote: “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.”
“You’re slammin’ it, to use a musical term. You just keep shining on through.”
Harry was just 12 years old when Princess Diana died in a car crash in August 1997, while she was being chased by paparazzi in Paris.
Sinéad said she identified with Harry’s grief, as she lost her own mother in a car accident.
“I’m writing this because you and I have something in common Harry,” she continued. “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.”
“It’s a shock that takes years to come out of, when someone dies so violently and suddenly. It’s a lifetime’s recovery.”
“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.”
“Transcending that grief as you’ve done by sharing it, cuts through a lot of garbage. And a lot of us appreciate what you’re doing,” Sinéad wrote.
The Nothing Compares 2 U singer concluded her open letter by telling Harry his late mother would be “proud” of him.
“When so many of us see the work you’re doing for people who experience mental health struggles, we see you stomping on stigma. And we’re all delighted for you,” she wrote.
“Most importantly, we know how proud your mama is of the incredible young man you are.”