On September 6, 1997, Harry had to say goodbye to his late mother, Princess Diana, at Westminster Abbey. In his autobiography, he describes how difficult this journey was for him.
Princess Diana died in August 1997 at the age of 36 in a car accident in a Paris hospital. At that time Prince Harry was only twelve years old, his big brother Prince William was 15 years old at the time. The two children had to say goodbye to their mother far too early – that shaped Harry and William into adulthood.
Harry and William had to keep their emotions under control and their composure at the September 6, 1997 public funeral service at Westminster Abbey. In his autobiography “Spare”, Prince Harry now describes how difficult this walk was for him. His tell-all book accidentally appeared five days early in Spanish sales – the first details of it are already going around the world.
Collapse at Westminster Abbey
In his book, Harry describes how he felt at his mother’s funeral. The then 12-year-old seemed incredibly strong and composed at the time, but in reality the child was just in great shock and collapsed. “My body spasmed, my chin dropped and I began to sob uncontrollably into my hands. I was ashamed of having violated the family ethos, but I could no longer contain it,” Prince Harry wrote.
He also writes that he was asked to write a “farewell letter” to his late mother. In that moment he understood that he had lost her forever. Harry also thinks back to the last phone call with sadness. The brothers played with their cousins, were busy. “So I kept the conversation short. Impatient to keep playing, I cut her off on the phone.” To this day, Prince Harry wishes he could have apologized to his mother, but sadly he never did as she passed away the next day.