Prince Harry Speaks Out for the First Time About the Paparazzi Who Photographed His Mother Dying
Prince Harry has spoken for the first time about the paparazzi who pursued and took photographs of Princess Diana as she was dying after the car crash in Paris 20 years ago.
In a BBC1 documentary to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Diana's tragic death, Prince William, who was 15 at the time, and Harry, who was just 12, reflect on their devastated reactions following the accident on August 31, 1997.
"One of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people who chased her into the tunnel were the same people who were taking photographs of her dying in the backseat of her car," Harry says in an emotional clip from the 90-minute film Diana, 7 Days.
"William and I know that, we’ve been told that numerous times by people that know that was the case. She had quite a severe head injury, but she was very much alive on the backseat and the same people who caused the accident, instead of helping, were taking photographs of her dying on the back seat. And then those photographs made... made their way back to news desks in this country."
Meanwhile, Prince William revealed that he was determined not to let Diana's death "break" him, and didn't want "all the love and energy" she put into their childhood to "go to waste."
"When you have something so traumatic as the death of you mother at 15 which sadly many people have experienced, it will either make or break you and I wouldn’t let it break me," William explains.
"I wanted her to be proud of the person I was to become, I didn't want her to be worried, or her legacy to be that William or Harry were completely and utterly devastated by it, and all the hard work and love and energy she put into us when we were younger would go to waste."
Diana was killed after the car she was in sped through the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris while being chased by paparazzi.
Following an inquest in 2008, it was ruled that the gross negligence of her driver, Henri Paul, who was drunk, and the paparazzi were to blame for the crash. No one was prosecuted.
Diana, 7 Days airs on BBC1 on Sunday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. and on NBC on September 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
From: Cosmopolitan UK
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