Princess Diana died 22 years ago, but much of that pain is still fresh for Prince Harry, who was only 12 years old at the time.
In the documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey,” Prince Harry, now 35, reflected on his mother and the work she did. Diana passed away in 1997 from injuries she sustained in a Paris car crash while being chased by paparazzi. She was 36.
Journalist Tom Bradby asked Harry whether he’s at peace, or if he feels that Diana’s loss is still a festering wound.
“I think probably a wound that festers,” Harry said. “I think being part of this family, in this role, in 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.”
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Princess Diana with her son Prince Harry.
Harry’s recent 10-day tour of Africa with wife Meghan Markle and the couple’s 5-month-old son Archie included many missions similar to those practiced by his mother during her 1997 visit, including clearing minefields in Angola.
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“Being here now 22 years later trying to finish what she started will be incredibly emotional, but everything that I do reminds me of her,” the Duke of Sussex said. “But as I said, with the role, with the job, with the sort of pressures that come with that, I get reminded of the bad stuff, unfortunately.”
Harry also compared the treatment of the Dutchess of Sussex, 38, by tabloids to that of his mother, calling them a “ruthless campaign.”