Prince Harry says every camera flash takes him back to Diana’s death
Prince Harry said that every camera flash takes him “straight back” to the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997.
In an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby, the Duke of Sussex described the emotional toll of living in the spotlight.
When asked if he feels at peace yet about the death of Diana 22 years ago, the duke — who was 12 years old at the time — admitted that his grief was still a “wound that festers.”
“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.
“So in that respect, it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best,” he told Bradby.
The interview is part of a documentary for UK broadcaster ITV, filmed during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recent tour of Africa.
During the 10-day trip, Harry, who is sixth in line to the British throne, retraced his mother’s steps in Angola as she walked through a former minefield — just months before she died in a car crash in Paris.
Entitled “Harry and Meghan: An African Journey,” the one-hour documentary sees the prince tell Bradby: “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 documentary will be aired on ITV at 9 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) on Sunday.
The prince made global headlines while in Africa when he published a deeply personal statement criticizing the UK’s tabloid press for conducting what he called a “ruthless campaign” against his wife, Meghan.
Issued on a specially created website on October 1, the statement described “relentless propaganda,” with Harry saying his wife had become “one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences.”
Announcing plans to take legal action against sections of the British press, he said his “deepest fear is history repeating itself.”
“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,” he said in the statement.
In another clip from the documentary, Meghan talked about the pressure she faces as a newlywed new mother in the glare of the media spotlight.
“Not many people have asked if I’m OK,” she told Bradby. “But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
Asked whether that meant that she was “not really OK,” and whether “it has really been a struggle,” Meghan replied simply: “Yes.”