LOS ANGELES: From the sound of horses’ hooves on the day of Princess Diana’s funeral, to chases by paparazzi when he was a child in the back of a car, Prince Harry is still haunted by the trauma of losing his mother.
Speaking in detail of how he failed to deal with her loss for more than a decade, Harry says in a new TV documentary series that the fear of also losing his wife Meghan was one of the main reasons the couple quit their royal duties and moved to California last year.
“My mother was chased to her death when she was in a relationship with someone who wasn’t white, and now look what’s happened. You’re talking about history repeating itself? They’re not going to stop until she dies,” Harry says in the mental health documentary series The Me You Can’t See.
“It’s incredibly triggering to potentially lose another woman in my life,” he added, referring to Meghan. The Me You Can’t See series, which Harry produced with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, is released on Apple TV+.
Princess Diana died in 1997 at age 36 in a crash in Paris after the car in which she was travelling with her Egyptian-born boyfriend Dodi Fayed was chased by paparazzi. Harry was 12 years old.
Harry, whose American wife Meghan is bi-racial, spoke of racist reporting in the mainstream British Press about his wife, as well as abuse on social media.
Meghan has said her experience in Britain drove her to thoughts of suicide when she was pregnant with their first son Archie.