Prince Harry has opened up about his mother’s tragic death, and revealed how it still affects him every day.
During an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby, the Duke of Sussex said the pressure of living in the public eye has taken a toll on him, and reminds him of his mother’s death.
Princess Diana tragically died in a car accident in Paris back in 1997, and 22 years later, Harry said his grief is still a “wound that festers.”
When asked if he feels at peace yet about the death of his mother, Harry said: “I think being part of this family, in this role and this job, every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back.”
“Every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back”
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“So in that respect, it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best.”
Harry’s interview will be part of an ITV documentary, which follows his recent trip to Africa with his wife Meghan Markle and their son Archie.
During the trip, Harry retraced his mother’s steps by walking through a former minefield in Angola, the same one she visited just months before her death.
Speaking to ITV, Harry continued: “Being here now, 22 years later, trying to finish what she started, will be incredibly emotional. But everything I do reminds me of her. But as I said, with the role, with the job and the sort of the pressures that come with that, I get reminded of the bad stuff, unfortunately.”
The hour-long documentary, entitled ‘Harry and Meghan: An African Journey’, will air on ITV at 9pm on Sunday.
Harry’s comments about living in the public eye don’t come as a surprise, as he publicly slammed the British press for “bulling” his wife during their trip to Africa.
In an emotional statement, Harry said: “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person.”
“I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
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