Prince Harry’s secretary showed him crash photos to convince him Diana died
The loss of Princess Diana was difficult for Prince Harry to accept; he frequently told people that she would return to get him and Prince William and everything would be OK. This denial persisted until he was an adult and begged to examine photos of the horrific car disaster in Paris.
The Duke of Sussex’s personal secretary was forced to comply and show him the accident photos, although pleading with him not to look at the specifics since there was no use in keeping them in his head forever.
On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana, then 36 years old, had died in a vehicle collision while she was being relentlessly pursued by paparazzi.
‘By this point, I was starting to understand the involvement of the paparazzi chasing her and to this day, I will remain eternally grateful for Jamie (his private secretary) for showing me – what he believed I needed to see – but removing the stuff that he knew I didn’t need to see.” The Prince said
It “still aches,” Harry said, to think about the “reflection of all the photographers in the window” as his mother lay dying, from the “descriptive shots” that were omitted.
‘I saw the back of her blonde hair slumped on the back of the seat. There were other photographs, that would probably show my mother’s face and blood. And those, I assume were the ones that Jamie removed. And I’m grateful to him for that,’ Harry said.
‘I was looking for evidence that it actually happened, that it was true. But I was also looking for something to hurt, because at that point I was still pretty numb to the whole thing.’
‘I physically couldn’t see anything. When you’ve actually experienced the same thing, which you assume your mother’s driver was experiencing at the time, then it’s really hard to, I guess, understand how some people have come away with the conclusions of that night.