DUBAI 24 August 2017: Two British princes – William, second in line for UK throne, and his brother Harry – have spoken in a tell-all emotional recount of what they felt after their mother, Princess Diana’s death in a car crash in a tunnel in Paris.
It was 20 years ago that Princess Diana – divorced by then from her husband Prince Charles – was in a Mercedes car with her lover Dodi Al Fayed, in a high-speed chase by paparazzi in Paris. In a tunnel, the driver lost control, crashed the car.
It’s the hardest to know that the same people who caused her crash were photographing her as she died. She was very much alive with severe head injury in the backseat, but instead of helping they were busy taking photographs, Prince Harry told the BBC.
Prince William said that at the age of 15, his mother’s death could have made or broken him.
“I wouldn’t let it break me. I wanted it to make me. I wanted her to be proud of me. All that love and energy that she put into us, I wouldn’t let it go to waste.
“I wanted her to be proud of me and the person I’ve become,” said Prince William.
Both sons said it was the longest walk they undertook following their mother’s coffin. “It was traumatic,” said William.
The decision to walk behind the coffin with their father Prince Charles was a collective family decision.
Both brothers spoke of the support they received from their father Prince Charles, heir to the British throne and from their grandmother Queen Elisabeth II of UK.
“They tried to do his best for us,” said Prince Harry.
By Eudore R. Chand