PRINCE HARRY made a heartbreaking revelation about his mother Princess Diana and explained what the “most important thing” she ever did for him was, an unearthed biography has revealed.
Harry opened up about how he felt following the death of his mother Diana in the recently aired ITV documentary, ‘Harry and Meghan: An African Journey’. She died when he was only 12, after sustaining fatal injuries from a car crash while in Paris. In the documentary he explained how, more than 20 years on, he still feels the pain from her sudden death. He was asked if he feels more at peace now, by interviewed Tom Brady, he said: “It’s a wound that festers.”
During the documentary, he and Meghan also appeared to emphasise how they were feeling great pressure from the spotlight – which is something Diana always tried to protect Harry from.
In her 2019 biography, ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, Angela Levin explained how Harry perceived his mother.
“He told me that the most important thing she ever did for him was ‘keep me safe’.”
She explained: “It was one of many poignant moments during our conversation. This one goes straight to the heart of every child, rich or poor.
“Children need parents who make them feel sae and give them the right environment in which to grow and flourish. They also need to feel they are accepted and loved for who they are.
“Without his mother, who died when he was twelve years old, Harry has had a really tough time.”
At the time of her death, Diana had already gone through a messy and public divorce from Prince Charles which had divided the nation.
Yet, she was known as an incredibly loving mother to Harry and his brother Prince William. In a documentary released two years ago, he even said “she smothered us with love”.
She was determined to give her two sons a taste of normal life as well, by designating some days of the week “work days” where they would behave like Princes and other days when they were released from their obligations of normal life.
Diana’s close friend Richard Kay also revealed in the Daily Mail last year: “She adored them both but William, destined to be King, was marked from birth for special attention.”
He claimed “Diana poured more love and attention into Harry” to “compensate” for any preferential treatment potentially given to her eldest.
In her biography, Ms Levin said: “Her death changed Harry from being an adorable mischievous boy who was beginning to comprehend what it meant to be third in line to the throne and forever one large step behind his big brother, into a wilful impulsive pre-teen who, as he grew, behaved badly, rarely handed in his school work on time, drank and smoked too much, and connected with too many unsuitable girls.”
She said he was at times on a “mission to self-destruct” and “a catastrophe waiting to happen” in the years following his mother’s death, but he appeared to settle happily during a stint in the army.
Ms Levin added: “His ongoing longing to please his mother and remain a good boy in her eyes is the primary reason he has come back from his personal abyss.”
With his cheeky side and tendency to wear his heart of his sleeve, many – including the Princess of Wales herself – have compared Harry to his mother.
She told to tell her close friend and personal chef Darren McGrady: “William is deep like dad and stubborn, and Harry is a hothead like me; he does the first thing that comes into his head.”
She also reportedly encouraged her youngest to be naughty at school and Harry has previously dubbed her “one of the naughtiest parents” in ‘Diana: Our Mother, Her Life and Legacy’.
In the ITV documentary, he made it clear how he is still affected by her death.
The Duke of Sussex added: “I think being part of this family in this role, in this job, every single time I hear a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash it takes me straight back so in that respect it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to her best.”
Fans fear he and Meghan may renounce their royal titles due to the public scrutiny and in an attempt to protect his family, Meghan and Archie, from the limelight.