Prince Harry’s chilling memory of Diana’s media struggle: ‘Unable to drive with tears’ | Royal | News
New BBC Two documentary ‘The Princes and the Press’ was broadcast tonight at 9pm, with the programme’s second episode due to air next week. The controversial documentary sees journalist Amol Rajan examine the circumstances surrounding the Sussexes decision to step down from their senior royal duties. The programme also considers the impact Diana’s experience with the press and broadcasters had on her sons, Prince William and Harry.
The Queen, Prince Charles and William have all reportedly threatened to boycott the BBC over the broadcaster’s refusal to let them see the documentary about the royals’ relationship with the media in advance.
The three households united over fears that the programme would repeat claims that William and Harry briefed against each other through their aides.
Since he quit the Firm last year alongside his wife Meghan Markle, Harry has spoken frankly about royal life and his own relationship with the media in a handful of high-profile interviews.
Speaking to American presenter Oprah Winfrey for Apple TV documentary ‘The Me You Can’t See’ in May, the Duke of Sussex revealed he was still haunted by the trauma of losing his mother in 1997.
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Discussing his memories of Diana, Harry said: “Unfortunately when I think about my mum, the first thing that comes to mind is always the same one over and over again.
“Strapped in the car, seat belt across with my brother in the car as well and mother driving and being chased by three, four, five mopeds with paparazzi.
“She was always unable to drive because of the tears.
“There was no protection.”
Harry also admitted he feared losing his wife Meghan, who had opened up in a CBS interview with Oprah in March about her mental health battle.
The Sussexes had been scathing of British media and claimed that Meghan’s mental health had not been supported while a member of the Firm in a controversial tell-all interview.
In ‘The Me You Can’t See’ Harry admitted that he feared losing his wife and claimed it contributed to his decision to quit the Royal Family, and the media glare they are subjected to.
He claimed: “My mother was chased to her death when she was in a relationship with someone who wasn’t white, and now look what’s happened.
“You’re talking about history repeating itself? They’re not going to stop until she dies.
“It’s incredibly triggering to potentially lose another woman in my life.”
The new documentary on the Firm’s relationship with the media has reportedly widened tension between the Royal Family and the BBC.
The broadcaster is said to be sensitive about its relationship with the Firm in the wake of the Martin Bashir scandal, where an independent inquiry found the journalist had obtained an interview with Diana by deceit, with failings covered up by BBC bosses.
The Palace is reportedly threatening to refuse to cooperate with the broadcaster on future projects if they are not given the right to respond to the full documentary.
It is unclear whether Harry and Meghan raised concerns about the programme or if they were contacted before the other households complained.
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