Twenty-two years after Princess Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris, Prince Harry has described her death as a “festering wound”. During an incredibly open interview that was filmed in Africa for a special that will screen on ITV in the UK on Sunday, Harry was asked by reporter Tom Bradby, “Do you feel at peace in a way yet or is it still a sort of wound that festers?’”
Harry said, ‘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.’
Harry is of course referring to the paparazzi who hounded Diana for most of her life and who were chasing her at the time of the accident in Paris.
Fiercely determined to avoid Meghan suffering the same fate, he has taken legal action against the British tabloids that published a private letter that the Duchess sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, and who have made Meghan the subject of countless disparaging articles since she began dating Harry.
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More images from Heritage Day in Bo Kaap. As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Auwal Mosque – the first and oldest Mosque in South Africa. Standing as a symbol of the freedom of former slaves to worship, the Mosque hosts events with Muslim, Christian and Jewish young leaders, and encourages friendship and understanding between South Africa's varied communities. The Duke and Duchess also got to view the first known manuscript of the Qu’ran in Africa, drafted by Tuan Guru from memory, whilst he was imprisoned on Robben Island. ••• Heritage Day celebrated the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ Shutterstock / PA images
In a voiceover promoting the ITV special An African Journey, Bradby says, “later in the program I was to speak to Meghan too about the difficulties of living life in the spotlight.”
“His [Prince Harry] great fear now is that his wife is subject to the same pressures as his mother was.”
Bradby followed the couple around Africa on their ten-day tour with their five-month old son Archie last month.
Harry retraced many of the steps taken by his mother 22 years earlier, including visiting Huambo in Angola where Diana did work with minefield charity HALO.
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Following in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana, this morning The Duke of Sussex visited a de-mining site in Dirico, Angola, to raise awareness of the danger and prevalence of landmines that still exists today. The Duke joined @thehalotrust in their work to help clear the area to enable safe access for the local community. • “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 unhabitable 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. #RoyalVisitAfrica #RoyalVisitAngola Photo©️PA
“Ever since I came to this continent as a young boy, trying to cope with something I can never possibly describe, Africa has held me in an embrace that I will never forget, and I feel incredibly fortunate for that,” Harry said.
“It’s been quite emotional retracing my mother’s steps, 22 years on,” said Harry at Huambo, where he deactivated a mine. “Let’s finish what was started.”
The Duke and Duchess have been stepping up their charity work in the past few months as they grow accustomed to life as new parents.
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Congratulations once again to all of last night’s @Wellchild winners – your determination and incredible spirit is an example to all of us. WellChild aims to ensure every child and young person living with serious health needs has the best chance to thrive with the support and medical care needed in the comfort of their own home. To find out more about last night’s event and how you can support this very special organisation, please visit @WellChild Video©️SussexRoyal with audio from the Star Primary Choir on the night
They’ve been vocal in campaigns for mental health, equality for young women and girls, and most recently attended the WellChild Awards in London, supporting children with serious illness. Speaking at the awards as a patron, Harry said, “Last year when my wife and I attended we knew we were expecting our first child – no one else did at the time, but we did – and I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tightly during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time. And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heartstrings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.”