Speaking to ITV’s Tom Bradby in an exclusive interview tonight, the royal said his father, the now-King Charles III, came into his bedroom, sat on his bed and placed a hand on his knee. Harry shares that Charles told him Diana had been in a car accident, to which the young royal replied that doctors would be able to “fix her head”.
At this point, Charles broke the news to Harry that Diana had tragically died. “I’m afraid, darling boy, she didn’t make it,” the Duke of Sussex recalls his father telling him.
The Duke went on to discuss how his mother’s sudden passing impacted him, noting that he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress, and “lost” almost all of the memories he had of his mother. He describes this as a “defence mechanism”.
Later speaking about Diana’s funeral, Harry says he and Prince William agreed to walk behind her coffin together, telling ITV’s Tom Bradby that there was “absolutely no way” either of them would allow the other to walk behind their mother’s coffin alone.
The Duke then admitted he’d only cried “once” at Diana’s burial and felt the need to put on a brave face for the crowds. “I’ve seen the videos, right? I’ve looked back, I look back over it all. And the wet hands that we were shaking, we couldn’t understand why their hands were wet,” he said of meeting mourners with William. “But it was all the tears that they were wiping away.”
“That was very strange for us,” he continued. “Seeing this outpouring of emotion from millions, hundreds of millions of people, and everyone thought and felt like they knew our mum,” he continued. “[But] the two closest people to her, the two most-loved people by her, were unable to show any emotion in that moment.”
Harry: The Interview is available to stream on ITVX.