Prince Harry has spoken out about how he dealt with the tragic death of his mother, Princess Diana, over two decades ago.
According to excerpts obtained by Page Six, the 38-year-old activist, who was only 12 at the time of his mother’s fatal car crash, revealed in his new memoir Spare that he believed Diana faked her own death to escape her troubled life.
According to the outlet, the Duke of Sussex came up with the theory moments after learning of her death at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where he was visiting with his grandparents, the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
“With nothing to do but roam the castle and talk to myself, a suspicion took hold, which then became a firm belief. This was all a trick,” Harry wrote, according to a news source.
“And for once the trick wasn’t being played by the people around me, or the press, but by Mummy. Her life’s been miserable, she’s been hounded, harassed, lied about, lied to. So she’s staged an accident as a diversion and run away.”
Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997, at the age of 36, from injuries sustained when her limousine crashed into the walls of the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris. Her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and her chauffer, Henri Paul, were also killed in the crash.
Trevor Rees-Jones, Diana’s bodyguard, was the only survivor. While the paparazzi were initially suspected of being involved in the car accident, it was later revealed that Paul was driving under the influence, according to The Washington Post.
Prince Harry writes in his memoir that he and his older brother Prince William would later drive themselves through the Pont de l’Alma tunnel to retrace their mother’s final moments.
They also wanted to experience the “bump” in the road that allegedly sent Diana’s car off course. “We barely felt it.” Harry wrote.
“I’d always imagined the tunnel as some treacherous passageway, inherently dangerous, but it was just a short, simple, no-frills tunnel. No reason anyone should ever die inside it.”