Prince Harry Remembers Shaking Mourners’ Wet Hands After Diana’s Death

In a recent interview, the Prince of Wales reflected on the days following the murder of his mother Princess Diana and how he carried out his royal responsibilities despite his grief.

In an interview to air on U.K.’s ITV on January 8—two days before the release of his controversial tell-all memoir Spare—the former senior royal recalled how at the age of 12 he and his brother Prince William, then 15 years old, joined their father, now King Charles III, in greeting mourners and viewing floral tributes around Kensington Palace in honor of the late Princess of Wales shortly after her death at the age of 36 in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

“It was at the funeral that I cried for the first and only time. I describe in great detail how odd it was, and how I think William and I both felt a twinge of guilt as we walked the perimeter of Kensington Palace “Harry revealed to Tom Bradby of ITV. “And we’ve sent our mom 50,000 flowers! And there we were, smiling and shaking hands with complete strangers. I have watched the clips. As I reflect on it all, I realize. I didn’t know why they had such damp hands to shake with.”

Harry then explained, “It was all the tears that they were wiping away.”

According to Harry, the crowd’s reaction to the loss of the person who was commonly referred to as the “People’s Princess” was diametrically opposed to how her sons came across. The two people who were most dear to her, he claimed, “were unable to express any emotion at that time and everyone thought and felt like they knew my mum.”

On September 6, 1997, Diana was laid to rest at a national funeral that was broadcast live throughout the world. Her brothers, Earl Charles Spencer and Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles followed after Diana’s coffin as it was carried through the streets of London.

In previous interviews, Harry has discussed the loss of his mother. His upcoming memoir details how his father broke the news of his ex-unexpected wife’s death.

NBC News has seen the translated Spanish version of Spare, dubbed En La Sombra and it says that Charles puts Harry on a bed. The Prince of Wales, addressing him as “my beloved son,” broke the news that Diana had been in a vehicle accident and was in critical condition.

According to NBC News’s read of the book, Harry says, “What I do remember with breathtaking clarity is that I did not cry.” “Nobody shed a tear. My dad never gave me a bear hug.”

Both Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have been contacted by NBC News, but neither has provided a statement. Rep. Harry also declined to provide an on-the-record interview with NBC News.

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