Prince Harry’s guilt: ‘I couldn’t cry in public when my mother died’


The Duke of Sussex has revealed he felt “guilty” for not being able to cry in front of weeping mourners at Kensington Palace after his mother’s death.

Prince Harry said it wasn’t until he saw his mother’s coffin being lowered into the ground at the Althorp estate that he finally cried.

In an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby ahead of the publication of his memoir Spare, he says it was the only time he cried in the aftermath of her death.

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He also says he thinks the Prince of Wales, his brother, also felt guilty for not crying alongside the crowd.

In a trailer for the interview, which airs at 9pm on Sunday, he says: “Everyone knows where they were and what they were doing the night my mom died.

“I cried once, at the funeral, and you know I go into detail about how strange it was and how there was actually a sense of guilt that I felt, and I think William felt too, walking around outside Kensington Palace to walk .

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“There were 50,000 bouquets of flowers for our mother, and we stood there smiling and shaking people’s hands. I’ve seen the videos, that’s right, I’ve watched it all back. And the wet hands we were shaking, we couldn’t understand why their hands were wet, but it was all the tears they wiped away.”

He adds, “Everyone thought and felt that they knew our mother, and the two people closest to her, the two most loved people of hers, couldn’t show any emotion at that moment.”

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