Prince Harry thinks Princess Diana faked her death to avoid scrutiny.
The Duke of Sussex was just 12 when his mother died in a car crash in Paris, and when the tragic news reached him he was convinced the princess had played a “trick” on the world and the accident was a “diverter”. ” “Let her run and hide.”
He said: “With nothing to do but hang out in the castle and talk to myself, doubts arose which turned into firm beliefs. It was all a hoax.
“This time, it wasn’t the people around me, or the media, it was my mother who played this trick. Her life was miserable, she was hunted down, harassed, lied to, cheated on. So she made up an accident as a distraction and then ran away.”
After the princess died, Harry’s school “housekeeper” asked him to write a “final” letter to his mother, but he still believed that she was still alive.
“I have a vague memory of wanting to protest that she was alive but not doing so for fear they would think I was crazy,” he writes in his new memoir, Spare.
Years later, Harry asked his press secretary to review the secret police file on the crash that also killed Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed and the driver, Henry Paul, and realized with horror that paparazzi were at the scene.
He wrote: “There were lights around her, auras, almost auras. My stomach tightened when I realized where they really came from. Glittering. They were [paparazzi photo] flashing.
“Before this, I didn’t know that the last thing my mother saw on earth was a flashing light.”
During the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Prince Harry and his brother Prince William were called a “joke” and an “insult” when they discussed the investigation into Diana’s death after driving through the tunnel where the accident occurred.
He wrote: “Afterwards, we talked about the crash for the first time ever. We talked about the recent investigation. Just kidding, we all agreed. The final written report was an insult. Full of fantasy, full of basics A factual error and a huge logical hole. It raises more questions than it answers.”
The pair decided to call for the investigation to be reopened, but were “convinced by those in power”.
Elsewhere, the 38-year-old prince spoke of his regret that he “rushed” Diana’s phone call during a final conversation as he was busy hanging out with his cousins.
He wrote: “I wish I could find the words to describe how much I love her. I didn’t know it would take decades to search.”