Harry and his brother open up about the heartbreaking moment.
“I think one of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people that chased her into the tunnel were the same people that were taking photographs of her while she was still dying in the backseat of the car,” Harry said in an interview for the BBC documentary Diana, 7 Days. “And William and I know that. We’ve been told that numerous times by people that know that that was the case. She’d had a quite severe head injury, but she was very much still alive in the backseat. And those people that—that caused the accident, instead of helping, were taking photographs of her dying in the backseat, and those photographs may have made their way back to news desks in this country.”
Prince William said he felt “completely numb” when he learned of his mother’s death. “I remember just feeling completely numb, disorientated, dizzy,” William said in the documentary, according to ABC News. “You feel very, very confused. And you keep asking yourself ‘Why me?’ All the time, ‘Why, what have I done? Why, why has this happened to us?’”
The documentary features the royal brothers praising their father, Prince Charles, and grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, for their support in the days after Diana’s death.
“One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is tell your children that your other parent has died. How you deal with that, I don’t know,” Harry said, according to ABC News. “But he was there for us. He was the one out of two left. And he tried to do his best and to make sure that we were protected and looked after. But he was going through the same grieving process as well.”
Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997, while her sons were at Balmoral Castle in Scotland with Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth. In the new documentary, William defended the Queen’s decision to keep the family there to grieve in private in the days after Diana’s death instead of immediately returning to London—a choice that received heavy criticism at the time.
The BBC documentary will premiere on Sunday.