Prince Harry is sharing his thoughts about Princess Diana’s untimely demise in his memoir Spare. Excerpts from the book detailed the Duke of Sussex’s thought process, as well as his reaction after learning that the then-Princess of Wales had passed on.
Prince Harry Struggled For Many Years Before Coming To Terms With Princess Diana’s Death?
During his interview on 60 Minutes, Prince Harry also revealed that it took him years to accept that Princess Diana was gone for good. In fact, when he first heard the news, he didn’t immediately believe that his mother had passed away. The then-12-year-old thought that it was all part of Princess Diana’s plan.
“For a long time. I just refused to accept that she was gone. Part of [it was] she would never do this to us. But also, part of it may be [felt like] this is all part of a plan. For a time [I believed she was alive] and then she would call us, and we would go and join her,” he said (via Us Weekly).
Prince Harry Asked To See Photos Of Princess Diana Following Her Car Crash?
The Duke of Sussex also revealed that he had huge amounts of hope that his mother would come back. And it took him many years to realize that this wasn’t going to be the case.
So, in order to believe that Princess Diana would never be able to return, he asked to see proof of her accident.
“[I was looking mainly for] proof that she was in the car. Proof that she was injured and proof that the very paparazzi that chased her into the tunnel were the ones that were taking photographs of her lying half dead in the back [of the car]. The pictures showed the reflection of a group of photographers taking photographs through the window and the reflection on the window was them,” he said.
Prince Harry also credited his private secretary and advisor for not allowing him to see more photos of Princess Diana in the accident. After all, he would’ve found this more difficult to deal with.
“All I saw was the back of my mom’s head slumped on the back seat. I will be eternally grateful to him for denying me the ability to inflict pain on myself by seeing that. Because that’s the kind of stuff that sticks in your mind forever,” he said.
Prince Harry And Prince William Reportedly Separated By Their Grief Following Princess Diana’s Death
Previous reports claimed that Prince Harry turned to Prince William for support following their mom’s passing. But even if the brothers seemed united at the time, the Duke of Sussex suggested that their grief also separated them.
“For me, it was never a case of I don’t want to talk about it with you. I just don’t know how to talk about it. I never, ever thought that maybe talking about it with my brother or with anybody else at that point would be therapeutic,” he said.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry also revealed that he felt pangs of guilt while greeting mourners following his mother’s passing.
“The fact that the people that we were meeting were showing more emotion than we were showing, maybe more emotion than we even felt,” he said (via USA Today).
He added that he felt like a middle person for people’s grief.
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