Prince Harry Thought Princess Diana Faked Her Own Death for 11 Years

 Princess Diana, Prince William, Prince Harry
Princess Diana, Prince William, Prince Harry

In perhaps one of the saddest revelations during Prince Harry’s 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper, the Duke of Sussex revealed that, for 11 years, he believed his mother Princess Diana’s death was a hoax, and that any day she would call him and brother Prince William and ask them to join her somewhere.

“For a long time, I just refused to accept that she was gone,” Harry said. “Part of [it was] she would never do this to us. But also, part of it maybe [felt like] this is all part of a plan. For a time [I believed she was alive] and then she would call us, and we would go and join her.”

Harry said it took “many years” to accept that his mother was really gone, adding “I had huge amounts of hope.”

Diana died on August 31, 1997 from injuries sustained in a car crash in Paris. Harry was just 12 at the time, a couple of weeks shy of his thirteenth birthday on September 15.

Us Weekly reports that, during the CBS broadcast, Harry spoke of attempts to see proof of the car accident, which took her life as well as the lives of driver Henri Paul and her boyfriend, Dodi al-Fayed. The only survivor was her bodyguard, Trevor Rhys-Jones, who sustained substantial, life-threatening injuries.

“[I was looking mainly for] proof that she was in the car,” Harry said. “Proof that she was injured and proof that the very paparazzi that chased her into the tunnel were the ones that were taking photographs of her lying half dead in the back [of the car]. The pictures showed the reflection of a group of photographers taking photographs through the window and the reflection on the window was them.”

Harry’s private secretary stopped him from seeing the more gruesome images, he said.

“All I saw was the back of my mom’s head slumped on the backseat,” he said. “I will be eternally grateful to him for denying me the ability to inflict pain on myself by seeing that. Because that’s the kind of stuff that sticks in your mind forever.”