- Prince Harry reflects on his experience publicly grieving Princess Diana in 1997.
- In a promotional clip for his ITV interview on Sunday, Harry said he felt “guilty” about smiling in public.
- The Duke of Sussex said he only cried once after Diana died, describing the experience as “weird”.
Prince Harry only cried once after Princess Diana died in 1997 and said he felt guilty for smiling in public after the tragedy.
IN a commercial clip for his upcoming ITV interview with Tom Bradby, the Duke of Sussex shared a glimpse of what the experience of grieving his mother in public was like. Harry was 12 when Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris, France on 31 August 1997, aged 36.
Recalling the aftermath of his mother’s death, Harry told Bradby that he remembers that time of his life as “weird”, adding that he elaborates in his memoir “Spare”, due to be published on Tuesday.
“Everybody knows where they were and what they were doing the night my mother died,” he said. “I cried once at the funeral, and you know, I go into detail about how weird it was.”
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In addition, Harry said he also felt guilty about how he appeared in public in the days after his mother’s death.
After Diana died, he and Prince William, then 15, met members of the public in front of Kensington Palace and looked at the thousands of floral tributes left in their mother’s honour.
“Actually, there was a certain guilt I felt, and I think William felt too, walking around the outside of Kensington Palace,” Harry said. “There were 50,000 bouquets of flowers for our mother, and there we shook hands with people and smiled.”
ITV overlapped the interview with footage of Harry and William outside Kensington Palace showing them smiling and talking to people mourning Diana.
“I’ve looked back at it all, and the wet hands we were shaking, but it was all the tears they were wiping away,” he said.
“Everyone thought and felt they knew our mother,” Harry added. “And the two closest people to her, the two most loved by her were unable to show any emotion at that moment.”
According to the BBC, Harry goes into depth in “Spare” about his attempts to seek closure after Diana’s death. It reported that Harry wrote about asking a driver to take him through the tunnel in Paris where his mother’s car accident happened in the hope that it would end a “decade of unrelenting pain.”
More details will be shared in the Duke of Sussex’s four upcoming broadcast interviews. ITV’s interview promoting “Spare” is set to air in the UK at 9pm, while a separate interview with Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes on CBS will also air on Sunday at 7.30pm ET.
Harry will also be interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America with Michael Strahan on Monday and on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS on Tuesday.