– Speaking to ITV News for a forthcoming documentary about the southern African royal tour, Prince Harry talked about how pressures from his royal life and the subsequent press attention is the “worst reminder” of his mother, the late Princess Diana.
– Diana died in a car crash in 1997 after allegedly being chased by paparazzi.
– Prince Harry has previously discussed his uneasy relationship with tabloid media, most recently after the duke announced he would be suing tabloids for alleged phone hacking.
In a preview for ITV‘s upcoming documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Prince Harry spoke vulnerably about his relationship to the press and how he deals with the pressures of his very public, royal life.
When asked by host Tom Bradby if he feels at peace years after his mother Princess Diana’s death, the Duke of Sussex responded that it’s “a wound that festers.”
He continued, “I think being part of this family—in this role, in this job—every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back. In that respect, it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best.”
— ITV News (@itvnews) October 17, 2019
Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris after allegedly enduring a chase by the paparazzi. Her life was also highly scrutinized by the media.
“Being here now, 22 years later, trying to finish what she started will be incredibly emotional,” Harry said in the interview, which took place during his and Duchess Meghan‘s royal tour of southern Africa.
“But, everything that I do reminds me of her,” he continued. “But as I said—with the role, with the job, and sort of the pressures that come with that—I get reminded of the bad stuff.”
The preview also mentions that Tom Bradby later asks Meghan about the difficulties of living a highly publicized life after marrying into the British royal family. The full documentary comes out this Sunday.
Earlier this month, Prince Harry and Meghan took legal action against a number of British tabloids including the publishers for The Mail on Sunday, The Mirror, and The Sun. While The Daily Mail published parts of a private letter that Meghan wrote to her father, the latter two publications are facing a lawsuit for the alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages.
In a powerful statement released earlier this month, Harry wrote, “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.