Prince Harry Calls the Passing of His Mom Princess Diana ‘A Wound That Festers’
Prince Harry opened up about his grief over his mother, Princess Diana's death. He admitted that circumstances around her death have left him feeling uncomfortable with paparazzi.
While detailing his tour of Africa, Harry spoke candidly about his grief and struggles of life in the spotlight in the ITV documentary "Harry & Meghan: An African Journey."
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“If an international ban on mines can be secured it means, looking far ahead, that the world may be a safer place for this generation's grandchildren.” – Princess Diana, 1997 Today in Angola The Duke of Sussex will retrace his mother’s steps to see the legacy of her work and how her connection with this community helped make the elimination of landmines a reality. In 1997 Diana Princess of Wales visited Huambo to bring global attention to the crisis of landmines and the people whose lives were being destroyed. Two decades later, the area has transformed from desolate and uninhabitable to lively and vibrant, with colleges, schools and small businesses. The Duke is humbled to be visiting a place and a community that was so special to his mother, and to recognise her tireless mission as an advocate for all those she felt needed her voice the most, even if the issue was not universally popular. Princess Diana’s visit helped change the course of history, and directly led to the Convention against Anti-Personal Landmines, also known as the Ottawa Treaty. Today, with the support of @thehalotrust, Angola now has a stated aim under the Treaty to be clear of known mines by 2025. Despite great progress, 60 million people worldwide still live in fear of landmines every day. During his visit today, The Duke will walk along the street which was once the minefield where his mother was famously pictured. #RoyalTourAfrica #RoyalVisitAngola Photo©️PA
Harry was 12-years-old when Diana died in a car accident after being chased by paparazzi. The aftermath of her death has left him deeply affected, he explained:
"I think probably a wound that festers. 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."
On the evening of August 31, 1997, Diana had been dining at the Ritz Hotel in Paris with her boyfriend Dodi Al-Fayed. In an attempt to escape paparazzi they decided to return to Al-Fayed's apartment.
During a high-speed chase with paparazzi, their vehicle tragically crashed into the 13th pillar of the Pont d'Alma Bridge.
It is reported, while no one was found guilty for the deaths of Diana and Al-Fayed, an inquest by British police in 2006 ruled their deaths as "unlawful killings."
It was found that their French chauffeur, Henri Paul, who also died in the crash had exceeded the alcohol limit and was driving at a high-speed at the time of the crash.
The paparazzi chasing them were found responsible for "gross negligence" for chasing them, and putting the couple in danger. Paparazzi who were on the scene at the time of the crash were questioned by police and immediately released.
A jury also found that if the couple had been wearing seatbelts, they could have survived the crash.
Harry has also chosen to honor his mother's legacy by continuing Diana's charity work around the world.