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Prince Harry talks mental health at Tunisia attacks memorial

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Media captionPrince Harry dedicates Tunisia attacks park memorial

The Duke of Sussex has told relatives of the 2015 Tunisia terrorist attacks to talk about their loss.

Prince Harry was at Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park unveiling a memorial to the victims, later spending time with relatives.

Thirty Britons were killed at Port El Kantaoui on 26 June, another was killed in a separate attack at a museum in Tunis in March.

Seven people were sentenced to life in prison in February over the attacks.

Brothers Ross and Brad Naylor spoke to Harry after the service and said his "biggest message" was talking "instead of keeping it to yourself".

The siblings, from Derby, lost their father Scott Chalkley, 42, in the beach attack.

Ross Naylor, 26, said: "Harry's biggest message was just saying 'talk about it'.

"That is the key thing, instead of keeping it to yourself. He's said, very publicly, he didn't do enough of that."

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Image caption The duke carried a white rose which he lay at the site
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Image caption The names of those who died are carved on to the sculpture

Harry previously admitted he "never" spoke about the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

He said: "I always thought to myself 'what's the point of bringing up the past?'

"It ain't going to change it. It ain't going to bring her back, when you think like that it can be really damaging."

The Birmingham memorial's centrepiece is a sculpture titled Infinite Wave, made up of 31 individual streams. Each one represents each of the British nationals who lost their lives in the museum attack and the Sousse attack.

Addressing the audience, Harry said: "In memory of all those who lost their lives. And to the families whose lives were changed forever by these events.

"I would like to pay my deepest respects to you and officially dedicate this memorial to your loved ones."

Image caption Most of those who died in the Tunisian beach attack were British

West Midlands victims of the attacks included Charles Patrick Evans, 78, his son Adrian Evans, 49, and grandson Joel Richards, 19, who were killed in Sousse; and Sally Adey, 57, of Shropshire, who died in the museum attack.

Joel's brother Owen Richards, then 16, survived the attack and was later praised for his bravery at the scene.

Suzanne Richards, Joel's mother, said: "He [Harry] talked about Owen being so young, to talk about it, and that he must continue to talk about what happened."

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Image caption The duke arrived in a helicopter
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Image caption The memorial has been designed by George King Architects and overlooks the park's boating lake

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