Prince Harry has described the harrowing details of the moment his private secretary shared photos of his mum Princess Diana following the fatal car crash that took place on 31 August 1997.
In his tell-all interview with ITV's Tom Bradby, the 38 year old royal spoke on everything from how his brother allegedly physically assaulted him to his drug use that he said was "important to acknowledge".
But one of the most heartbreaking moments he spoke of is when he saw the aftermath of his mother's car crash in Paris.
"Another thing that seems to have stayed with you and I think will stay with anyone who reads the book, is you get to the moment where you demand of Jamie, your private secretary, that you want to see the secret government file," Tom said. "And your description of that is searing."
An extract of the book was then narrated over pictures of the crash, where Harry could be heard describing them as "stomach clenching".
Describing the reflection of the camera flashes, he wrote in his autobiogprahy: "At last, I came to the photos of mummy. There were lights around her, auras almost halos. How strange. The colour of the lights was the same colour as her hair. Golden.
"I didn’t know what the lights were. I couldn’t imagine. I came up with all sorts of supernatural explanations."
He continued: "As I realise their true origin, my stomach clenched. Flashes. They were flashes, and within some of the flashes were ghostly visages. And half visages."
Harry went on to accuse the paparazzi of neglecting to check on his mum as he wrote: "Not one of them was checking on her, offering her help, not even comforting her. They were just shooting, shooting, shooting."
The Duke shared how grateful he is that his private secretary took out the more graphic photos, but added: "There were other photographs, um, that would probably show my mother's face and blood.
"Um, and those, I assume were the ones that Jamie removed. And I'm grateful to him for that."
Elsewhere in his memoir, Harry said that during a 2007 visit to Paris he was driven through the Pont de l’Alma tunnel at the same speed as the car that was carrying Diana and Dodi Fayed before it crashed.
Harry, who was 23 at the time of the visit, writes in his autobiography Spare that there was “no reason anyone should ever die inside” the tunnel and added that the drive was “a very bad idea”.
In the book, Harry wrote: “Off we went, weaving through traffic, cruising past the Ritz, where Mummy had her last meal, with her boyfriend, that August night.
"Then we came to the mouth of the tunnel. We zipped ahead, went over the lip at the tunnel’s entrance, the bump that supposedly sent Mummy’s Mercedes veering off course."
According to People magazine, he continued: “But the lip was nothing. We barely felt it. As the car entered the tunnel I leaned forward, watched the light change to a kind of water orange, watched the concrete pillars flicker past. I counted them, counted my heartbeats, and in a few seconds we emerged from the other side.
“I sat back. Quietly I said: 'Is that all of it? It’s… nothing. Just a straight tunnel.'
“I’d always imagined the tunnel as some treacherous passageway, inherently dangerous, but it was just a short, simple, no-frills tunnel. No reason anyone should ever die inside it.”
This isn't the only interview Harry has taken part in ahead of the release of his book. He's also set to appear in an intimate chat with Anderson Cooper on CBS News and Michael Strahan on ABC – promising further bombshells.
Harry: The Interview is available to view on ITVX
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