Prince Harry had to process the grief of losing his mother at a young age and it’s a loss he continues to feel every day. In the ITV special documenting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent royal tour of Africa, he shared the devastating pain he experiences, calling it “a wound that festers.”
Prince Harry has a constant reminder of his mother
In the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Prince Harry opens up about how the constant media attention he is up against is a painful reminder of his mother, Princess Diana.
Harry told ITV News at Ten anchor Tom Bradby how the cameras and the spotlight is “the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best.”
When asked: “Do you feel at peace in a way yet or is it still a sort of wound that festers?,” Prince Harry’s response was heartbreaking.
He shared: “I think probably a wound that festers. I think 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.”
He retraced his mother’s footsteps
The visit to Africa was personal for Prince Harry, as he retraced his mother’s footsteps 22 years after her death.
He explained: “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. 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, unfortunately.”
While visiting a street in Angola that was once a minefield that Princess Diana visited, Prince Harry shared: “It has been emotional retracing my mother’s steps along this street 22 years on. Being here on this transformed and bustling street… shows the tremendous impact that clearing landmines has on communities and their futures.”
He added: “There are still more than 1,000 minefields in this beautiful country that remain to be cleared. I’m pretty sure she would have seen it through.”
Prince Harry had an emotional visit
Landmine clearance charity Halo Trust’s chief executive James Cowan, who was responsible for arranging Prince Harry’s visit to the same area his mother had walked in Angola, noted the Harry was “hugely struck” during the visit. He shared: “It was clearly an emotional visit for Prince Harry to follow in his mother’s footsteps and see her legacy in Huambo first-hand.”
He added: “This visit mattered a great deal to him. He was hugely struck by the transformation in Huambo and is incredibly passionate about honoring the work started by his mother.”
Cowan added, “I know Prince Harry a little bit from our time in the military and I’ve been delighted to work with him at Halo. He’s funny, he’s got charisma, and he’s also got a great sense of what really matters in this world. I think that is a very wonderful combination.”