King Charles did not hug 12-year-old Prince Harry when he broke the news to his youngest son that his mother, Princess Diana, had been in a car accident, the Duke of Sussex’s memoirs claim.
Prince Harry, 38, has revealed the moment he learned of the Paris car accident in August 1997 for the first time in his long-awaited memoir Spare. He also revealed how he and William each have a lock of their mother’s hair, which their sister Sarah cut off her head shortly after her death, and recalls being introduced to Dodi Fayed, who was their mother’s “friend.” , and whom he and William thought was a ‘very nice boy’.
The duke writes of how the king sat him up in bed to give him the news of the car accident, calling him “my dear son” as he told how Diana had sustained head injuries that did not seem to be getting better.
He writes: ‘What I do remember with astonishing clarity is that I did not cry. Not a tear. My father did not hug me.
Prince Harry (pictured with William and King Charles at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997) recalled being told of the death of his mother by his father, who claims she did not hug him as he delivered the news . The revelation comes from his explosive new memory ‘Spare’ which was released today in Spain
Harry recalls how the King “examined the folds of the old quilts, blankets and sheets” on the bed as he delivered the terrible news, as Harry struggled to comprehend just how serious the accident had been.
When Harry realized how serious his mother’s condition was, he remembers “silently praying to my father or God or both” that it wasn’t true.
He remembers being told by the king that there had been “complications” in Diana’s condition after she was “severely injured” in the accident.
Harry (pictured with Princess Diana and Prince William in 1995) revealed how he met Diana’s “friend” Dodi Fayed and thought he was a “very nice guy”.
At first, however, Harry remembers asking him to visit his mother in hospital when he was 12, before the King explains that his condition has “no longer recovered”. Although Harry says that some aspects of his memory may not be entirely accurate. , there are things that he remembers ‘clear as day’ all these years.
The heartbreaking memory of finding out his mother had died is in Spare, Harry’s explosive memoir due for release in the UK on Monday.
While he claims that his father did not cry when he delivered the news, he did say that the king put his hand on Harry’s knee and affirmed that everything would be fine.
After his father left, he remembers sitting by himself while his brother William, whom he affectionately calls ‘Willy’, sat in a separate room.
Harry claims that his memory has undergone “decades of efforts to reconstruct that morning”, but after all this time he has come to an “inescapable conclusion”: he was left alone in the room until 9am the next morning, when the piper began to play outside. .
Harry’s harrowing recollection of his mother’s death comes as one of many explosive claims from Spare, his long-awaited memoir due to be published in the UK on Monday, January 10.
The emotional passage comes after Harry opens up about Diana’s relationship with Dodi Fayed after he and William met him while on holiday with Diana in St Tropez.
He recalled the three of them laughing a lot while on vacation together before they were introduced to Dodi.
Harry remembers watching his mother light up in Dodi’s presence as she described the filmmaker as “cheeky”; however, he seemed “nice”.
She reflects on a conversation she had with William about her mother’s new partner, and how they both agreed that as long as she was happy, then they would be happy for her.
Elsewhere in the book, Harry relives his memory of the days after his mother died and how he struggled with himself to accept the truth of the situation. Despite being told what had happened, he recalled telling himself that his mother was only “hiding” and not really dead, a theory he revealed later in the book and often returned to in search of it. comfort.
He remembered how he and William were banned from watching television so they could shield themselves from the news of Diana’s death.
After the King and Diana’s sisters went to France to identify Diana’s body, Harry remembers meeting his father and aunts in London.
When they arrived and met their aunt Sarah (Lady Sarah McCorquodale), Harry recalled that she handed each brother a small blue box containing a lock of Diana’s blonde hair.
Still, Harry remembered that he didn’t believe the hair belonged to his mother and convinced himself that it belonged to someone else so he wouldn’t have to accept the reality of her death.
In the book he also reveals that he killed 25 Taliban fighters during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The Duke of Sussex, known as “Captain Wales” in the army, wrote that he did not think of those killed “as people” but as “chess pieces” he had removed from the board.
Harry, who flew an Apache attack helicopter on his second tour, said “it’s not a fact that I was pleased about, but I wasn’t ashamed of it either.”
She also sensationally claimed that her brother William called Meghan “rude” and “pointed the finger at her” during a furious fight after the Duchess of Sussex told Kate she must have “baby brains because of her hormones.”
Details of the alleged dispute appeared in Harry’s memoir, Spare, which was published in Spain.
Harry writes that Meghan made the comment during the run-up to the Sussexes’ wedding in May 2018. After apparently upsetting Kate, Harry says Meghan apologized and insisted that this is how she talks to her friends.
In another extraordinary excerpt, leaked to the leftist Guardian newspaper, Harry recalls what he describes as a physical attack by his brother, which he says left him with visible injuries, including “scratches and bruises”.
The furious dispute reportedly broke out in the kitchen of their London home, Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace in 2019.
William is said to have called Meghan ‘difficult’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’ and insisted she was trying to ‘help’ his younger brother during a meeting about ‘all the ongoing catastrophe’ of their failed relationship and fighting. of Harry with the press. .
Harry accused his brother of “repeating the press narrative” about his American wife before a shouting match ensued that ended in a physical altercation, the book claims.