Prince Harry recently claimed that he did not believe his mother Princess Diana was dead for years. He believed it was “all part of a plan” to disappear, and that she would eventually ask him and his brother Prince William to join her.
Prince Harry makes bold claims
Harry told Anderson Cooper in a 60 Minutes interview Sunday that he saw images of Diana, dead in the car in Paris’ Pont d’Alma tunnel. Harry also revealed why he thought his stepmother, Queen Consort Camilla, was “dangerous,” having “left bodies in the street” during her ascent within the royal family, and through her alleged connections with the British press.
It was the second major interview Harry had given Sunday prior to the English-language publication of his memoir, Spare. Like the first interview with British broadcaster ITV, this was just as full of startling revelations.
In the memoir, Harry writes of his stepmother Camilla campaigning in the British press for acceptance after Diana’s death: “I even wanted Camilla to be happy. Maybe she’d be less dangerous if she was happy.”
“She was the villain. She was the third person in their marriage. She needed to rehabilitate her image,” Harry told Cooper of Camilla’s position after Diana had died.
Asked by Cooper how Camilla was dangerous, Harry replied: “Because of the need for her to rehabilitate her image,” which made her dangerous “because of the connections that she was forging within the British press. And there was open willingness on both sides to trade of information. And with a family built on hierarchy, and with her, on the way to being Queen Consort, there was gonna be people or bodies left in the street because of that…”
“If you are led to believe, as a member of the family, that being on the front page, having positive headlines, positive stories written about you, is going to improve your reputation or increase the chances of you being accepted as monarch by the British public, then that’s what you’re gonna do.”
He said about his mother, “For a long—for a long time, I just refused to accept that she was—she was gone. Um, part of, you know, she would never do this to us, but also part of, maybe this is all part of a plan.”
Harry said he thought “she would call us and that we would go and join her, yeah.”
Harry later saw photos of Diana dead and said it was “proof that she was in the car. Proof that she was injured. And proof that the very paparazzi that chased her into the tunnel were the ones that were taking photographs—photographs of her lying half dead on the back seat of the car.
“All I saw was the back of my mum’s head—slumped on the back seat. There were other more gruesome photographs, but I will be eternally grateful to (his private secretary) for denying me the ability to inflict pain on myself by seeing that. Because that’s the kinda stuff that sticks in your mind forever.”
William and he had considered reopening the inquest into her death. “Because there were so many gaps and so many holes in it. Which just didn’t add up and didn’t make sense.”
Harry still does not know the truth. “And I don’t think my brother does either. I don’t think the world does. Um—do I need any more than I already know? No. I don’t think it would change much.”