Prince Harry Had the Most Heartbreaking Question When He Was Told Diana Had Died
A new documentary, Diana: 7 Days That Shook The Windsors, claims the way in Princess Diana’s death was handled by the royal family led Prince Harry to question whether or not his mother had really passed away.
At the time, Prince William was just 15 and his brother Prince Harry only 12, when their beloved mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was tragically killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.
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At the time, the princes were in Balmoral with Queen Elizabeth, who chose to let her grandsons sleep in rather than being woken and told the devastating news. She ordered all TVs and radios in the expansive residence to be moved or hidden, shielding the young boys from potentially hearing and seeing their mother’s final moments.
When the news was finally broken to them, the boys were led to church for Sunday service and according to the documentary at the royal family’s request, there was no mention of Diana at the service.
The attempt at normalcy reportedly led Prince Harry to ask of his father, Prince Charles, whether his mother truly had died.
Tina Brown, the princess’ biographer claimed: “Prince Harry actually asked his father, ‘Is it true that Mommy’s dead?’ The children couldn’t understand why everything was as normal, except a couple of hours earlier they’d been told their mother had died.”
Ingrid Seward, the royal biographer, added: “The first thing we saw of the boys was when they were going to church for Sunday service and people were saying ‘How could they, these boys have just lost they mother, and they’re going to church?'”
It’s believed a young Prince Harry had requested to join his dad on the royal flight private plane to retrieve Princess Diana‘s body but was ordered to stay at home.
We can’t imagine the pain the young princes must have experieced after learning of their mother’s death. Today, we’re glad Prince Harry and Prince William are learning to talk about Diana again.
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Trooping The Colour 1985
"My, that's a full nappy. Can't you stay with your father a little longer?"
Prince Harry Princess Diana March 1986 Scotland
"Models on photo shoots would kill for the wind-in-hair action you're getting right now."
Prince Harry Princess Diana Polo 1987
"I love you, but please try not to rest your wet rain boots on my pants."
Prince Harry Princess Diana August 1986 Spain
"Honey, they're taking our photo with a Spanish dignitary. Maybe suck your thumb another time?"
Princess Diana Carrying Prince William
"You just HAD to jump into Dad's arms so I have to carry the larger load."
Prince Harry Princess Diana 1987 Majorca
"You sure are cute, but you definitely need a bath."
Prince Harry Scratched Face 1986
"You would fall and cut your face open before a widely publicized photo shoot."
Princess Diana Prince Harry Beach
"I'm sorry I forgot your sunglasses. Here, let's just sit like this for a while."
Prince Harry Princess Diana Viscount Althorp Wedding 1989
"I don't want to hear any complaints about the outfits. These are flattering to none of us."
Trooping The Color 1988
"Oh, Harry, put your tongue back in your mouth. We may be wearing green, but we're not frogs."
Trooping The Color 1989
"That's right. Keep your mouth closed. We don't want a tongue incident like last year."
Prince Harry Princess Diana National Anthem 1991
"They're singing the National Anthem. Look as serious as you can."