Prinz Harry (38) recalled in the ITV interview with Tom Bradby (55), among other things, how he dealt with his mother's death, Princess Diana (1961-1997). In the interview, which aired at 10pm UK time on Sunday night, he said he had requested photos and the secret government file of the fatal car accident in Paris for his book Reserve (originally titled Spare).
RTL is showing the entire conversation exclusively in full length on January 9 from 5 p.m. in “Exclusive Special: Harry – The Interview”.
'I saw the photos where all the paparazzi were reflected in the window at the same time,' Prince Harry said, adding, 'I saw the back of her blonde hair; she had sunk onto the back of the seat.' However, some of the more descriptive photos had been removed, for which Harry said he was 'grateful.'
'But I think at that point I was looking for evidence that it really happened, that it was true,' the family man said. 'But I was also looking for something that hurts me, because at that point I was still.' pretty numb about the whole thing. My body, my nervous system just shut down and said, 'We don't want that.''
Prince Harry, who was 12 when Diana died, recalled that his father, the present King Charles III 74, telling him about the accident as he sat on his bed at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, saying: 'My dear boy, mum has been in a car accident.' Harry said he had been waiting for his father's confirmation that it was princess Diana was fine but was told she 'didn't make it'.
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Prince Harry said he only cried once, at his mother's funeral. 'I describe in detail how strange it was and how much guilt I felt - and I think William felt guilty too - as I walked around Kensington Palace,' he said. 'Fifty thousand bouquets of flowers for our mother, and we shook.' shaking hands with people and smiling. I've seen the videos. I looked at it all again. And the wet hands we shook — we couldn't understand why her hands were wet, but it was all the tears she wiped away.'
And he added: 'Everyone thought and felt that they knew our mother. And the two people closest to her, the two people she loved the most, were unable to show any emotion at that moment.'
The Duke of Sussex reveals it has been decided that Princess Diana's two sons - Prince Harry and Prince William (40) – would walk behind her coffin in the procession through London at her funeral. 'And there was absolutely no way I would let him do it alone,' Harry said of his brother, 'And there was absolutely no way he would let me do it alone.'
As the 'People' magazine further reports, in his autobiography 'Reserve' (original title: 'Spare'), which will be published on January 10, Harry tells of the great pain he felt in his attempt to put an end to the death of his mother. Among other things, Harry, then 23, drove through the same tunnel in which his mother had died ten years earlier while attending the 2007 Rugby World Cup semifinals in Paris.
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