Mum 'was always there'

Brothers ... in frank interview on US television

June 12, 2007
The Sun

PRINCES William and Harry have opened their hearts in a frank interview about the death of their mother Princess Diana saying she had “always been there” for them.

They were speaking for US television in what is thought to be the first time the princes have spoken so openly about their mother’s death.

The princes said the last decade had passed “really, really slowly” and Prince Harry added that he will “never stop wondering” about what happened in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris on August 31 1997.

The full interview will be screened on NBC News on Monday at 7am ET (2pm BST).

In extracts released today, Prince Harry said: “Over the last ten years I personally feel as though she has been... she’s always there.”

He said the time had passed “really, really, slowly”.

“She’s always being a constant reminder to both of us and everybody else.

“And therefore I think when you’re being reminded about it, it does take a lot longer and it’s a lot slower.”

He added: “It’s weird because I think when she passed away there was never that time, there was never that sort of lull. There was never that sort of peace and quiet for any of us - the fact that her face was always splattered on the paper the whole time.”

He went on: “You know, when people think about it, they think about her death. They think about how wrong it was. They think about whatever happened.

“I don’t know for... for me personally whatever happened that night. Whatever happened in that tunnel. You know no one will ever know. And I’m sure people will always think about that the whole time.”

Asked if he had stopped wondering, the prince said: “I’ll never stop wondering about that.”

His older brother added: “Just for my personal opinion, when you knew somebody or someone that important to you, you always think about you know.

“I mean, so after it happened we were always thinking about it. And there’s not a day goes by I don’t think about it once in the day. And so for us is a very slow and it’s a lot - it has been a long time.”

Last week, a documentary featuring photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales as she lay fatally injured following the car crash was broadcast in the UK, despite pleas from the royal brothers.

The princes had called for the removal of the images from the film Diana: The Witnesses in the Tunnel because plans to screen the pictures left them “deeply distressed”.

But Channel 4 went ahead with the use of the controversial photographs in the documentary.