Prince Harry was just 12 years when he found out that his mother, Princess Diana, had died. In his memoir Spare, the Duke of Sussex revealed that it was his father, King Charles, who informed him about his mother’s passing.
King Charles Was The One Who Informed Prince Harry About Princess Diana’s Death
According to an excerpt from Spare, King Charles sat Prince Harry down and informed him that Princess Diana did not survive the car crash. Even though the Duke of Sussex did not immediately grasp what was happening to his late mother, Prince Harry said that he noticed how his father kept referring to him as his “darling boy.”
Prince Harry is used to hearing King Charles calling him as such, but during that conversation, the monarch kept repeating the term of endearment more than usual.
“[Charles] sat down on the edge of the bed. He put a hand on my knee. Darling boy, Mummy’s been in a car crash. I remember thinking: Crash … OK. But she’s all right? Yes? I vividly remember that thought flashing through my mind. And I remember waiting patiently for Pa to confirm that indeed mummy was all right. And I remember him not doing that,” he wrote (via Us Weekly).
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King Charles Referred To Prince Harry As ‘Darling Boy’ While Talking About Princess Diana’s Death
Prince Harry said that he pleaded with God and with King Charles after hearing what had happened to Princess Diana. And it was at that moment that he realized that his mother was never coming back.
“Mummy was quite badly injured and taken to hospital, darling boy. They tried, darling boy. I’m afraid she didn’t make it. And then everything seemed to come to a stop,” Prince Harry revealed.
King Charles Did Not Hug Prince Harry Following Princess Diana’s Demise
According to Meghan Markle’s husband, King Charles might have been the one to break the news of Princess Diana’s passing to him. However, the monarch still managed to maintain his composure and did not give his youngest son a comforting hug.
Instead, King Charles simply put his hand on Prince Harry’s legs as his way of consoling him.
“They tried, darling boy. I’m afraid she didn’t make it. He wasn’t great at showing emotions under normal circumstances, how could he be expected to show them in such a crisis? But his hand did fall once more on my knee and he said: ‘It’s going to be OK.’ That was quite a lot for him. Fatherly, hopeful, kind. And so very untrue,” he wrote.
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