In an exclusive excerpt from Prince Harry’s new memoir, People is revealing for the first time how the royal experienced her mother Princess Diana’s final moments before her death.
While attending the 2007 Rugby World Cup semi-final in Paris, Harry, then 23, drove through the same tunnel where his mother died 10 years ago. In his new memoirs, which will be released on January 10, he talks about the intense pain he experienced, writes life.dir.bg.
On the night of the semi-final, the prince asks his driver to drive through the same tunnel Diana crashed in, at exactly 65mph.
“We set off, cutting through the traffic, past the Ritz, where Mom had her last meal with her friend that August evening. Then we came to the tunnel opening. We rushed forward, went over the edge of the tunnel entrance—the bump that supposedly caused mum’s Mercedes to veer off course,” Harry wrote in his memoirs, continuing:
“When the car entered the tunnel, I leaned forward, watched the light change, watched the concrete columns flash past me. I counted them, counted my heartbeats, and after a few seconds we came out the other side. I sat back. I said quietly: ” Is that all? That’s nothing. Just a straight tunnel.” I always imagined the tunnel as some sort of treacherous passageway, inherently dangerous, but it was just a short, simple tunnel with no frills. There’s no reason anyone would ever die inside.”
Then he made the driver go through the tunnel again.
“Deep down, I was hoping to feel in that tunnel what I felt when I was given the police files — disbelief. Doubt. Instead, this was the night all doubts fell away. ‘She’s dead,’ I thought. God, she really is gone forever. I’m going to the end I pretended to be looking for. And now I’d never be able to get rid of it. I thought driving in the tunnel would end or briefly stop the pain, the decade of unrelenting pain. Instead, it brought the beginning,” says Prince Harry.
His memoir will be officially released on January 10 as an intimate look at the experiences that shaped his personality.
In July 2021, Penguin Random House announced that the Duke of Sussex will write his life story in a book, People recalls.
In his book, Harry recalls his mother’s unimaginable death and how his life has evolved since then.
Penguin Random House notes that the book takes “readers back to one of the most searing pictures of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin while the world looks on in grief and horror.”