Prince William and Prince Harry have rarely spoken about the effect that losing their mother has had on their lives. Earlier this year, however, the royal brothers opened up about their last phonecall with Princess Diana in a one-off ITV documentary, with Prince William saying: ‘At the time Harry and I were running around minding our own business, you know, playing with our cousins and having a very good time. I think Harry and I were just in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know, see you later and we’re going to go off.’
But in recent years, Harry has spoken about about their loss more, touching on Princess Diana’s funeral during an interview with The Telegraph in 2017 and explaining: ‘I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well.’
Following his royal tour in Africa alongside Meghan Markle and their son, Archie Harrison, Harry has decided to open up once again.
During a documentary about his recent trip, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, 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.’
The Duke of Sussex was then asked about his mother’s death, whether he felt at peace with the loss or it is ‘still a would that festers’, and he replied: ‘I think probably a wound that festers.’
Harry described the tour and following in Diana’s footsteps as ‘incredibly emotional’ because ‘everything that I do reminds me of her.’