Prince Harry Calls Princess Diana's Death a ''Wound That Festers'' in Revealing Interview

Duke of Sussex reflects on his late mother's legacy in a clip from an upcoming ITV documentary

By McKenna Aiello Oct 17, 2019 10:49 PMTags
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Princess DianaChris Jackson/Getty Images, Anwar Hussein/WireImage

More than two decades later, Prince Harry is not yet at peace with Princess Diana's tragic death. 

In a newly released clip from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's upcoming ITV documentaryHarry & Meghan: An African Journey, the world-famous royal describes his late mother's passing as a "wound that festers." 

The documentary shines a light on Harry and Meghan Markle's recent tour of Africa, and was shot in the midst of the couple's ongoing legal battle against multiple British tabloids. Weeks ago, Harry announced his decision to sue the owners of The Sun and The Daily Mirror over alleged phone hacking claims as well as the the publishing of a private letter written by Meghan to her estranged father.

In discussing the media's impact on his personal life, Harry remarked, "I think [of] 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, so in that respect it's the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best."

Prince Harry Follows in Late Mom Princess Diana's Footsteps

Prince Harry was just 12-years-old when Princess Diana died in a 1997 car crash while attempting to escape the paparazzi. The Duke has made it his life's mission to continue Diana's philanthropic efforts, and did so during the Africa trip by walking through the same active minefield Diana famously did to help raise awareness for landmine clearing. 

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"Being here now 22 years later, trying to finish what she started will be incredibly emotional but everything that I do reminds me of her," Prince Harry explained. "But as I said, with the role, with the job, and the sort of the pressures that come with that, I get reminded of the bad stuff usually."

Harry & Meghan: An African Journey will premiere this Sunday, Oct. 20, at 9 p.m. on ITV. U.S. viewers can catch the documentary when ABC re-airs it Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10 p.m. 

Watch a sneak peek above.