Prince Harry ‘cried once’ over Diana’s death: Duke reveals he broke down in tears at mother’s burial and felt ‘guilt’ meeting mourners outside Kensington Palace during ITV interview with Tom Bradby to be aired at 9pm
- Prince Harry says he cried only once after the death of his mother, Diana, in 1997
- The Duke of Sussex said he and his brother felt ‘unable to show’ public emotion
- He made the claim in an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby, which will air tonight
- It comes after his bombshell memoir, Spare, was leaked before its UK release
Prince Harry has revealed he only cried once over the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
The Duke of Sussex said he felt like he was ‘unable to show any emotion’ in public after her death in 1997, and that he had only shed tears when she was buried.
The 38-year-old told ITV’s Tom Bradby he felt ‘some guilt’ as he greeted crowds who gathered to pay their respects to his mother outside Kensington Palace.
He made the claim as part of an interview with Mr Bradby during the publicity blitz for his bombshell memoir, Spare, which was leaked before the weekend.
Prince Harry pictured with his brother Prince William and father Prince Charles at the funeral of Princess Diana
Harry, pictured here with his mother in Spain in 1987, told ITV’s Tom Bradby he had cried only once over Diana’s death
In a clip for the interview, which will air on ITV1 at 9pm tonight, the Prince said: ‘I cried once, at the burial, and you know I go into detail [in Spare] about how strange it was and how actually there was some guilt that I felt, and I think William felt as well, by walking around the outside of Kensington Palace.
‘There were 50,000 bouquets of flowers to our mother and there we were shaking people’s hands, smiling…
‘And the wet hands that we were shaking, we couldn’t understand why their hands were wet, but it was all the tears that they were wiping away.’
He added that everyone knew ‘where they were or what they were doing the night my mother died’.
‘Everyone thought and felt like they knew our mum, and the two closest people to her, the two most loved people by her, were unable to show any emotion in that moment,’ he said.
Harry speaks often about the loss of his mother in his new memoir, which was released early in Spain last week.
In the book he wrote about how his father, who was then the Prince of Wales, sat him down on a bed before breaking the news.
He said Prince Charles called him ‘my dear son’ before telling him his mother was unlikely to survive head injuries sustained in the crash in Paris in the early hours of August 31, 1997.
He wrote: ‘What I do remember with stunning clarity is that I did not cry. Not a tear. My father did not hug me.’
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