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Prince Harry wanted to go and collect his mum's body - but Charles said no |

Prince Harry wanted to go and collect his mum’s body – but Charles said no

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The Duke of Sussex has been open about how he struggled following Princess Diana’s death

Prince Harry has been open about his battle with depression following his mum’s death when he was just 12.

Princess Diana’s youngest son had an incredibly close bond with his mother.

Cheeky and mischevious, the pair could often be seen sharing jokes and cuddles.

But the young prince’s world came crashing down following Diana’s death in a tragic car accident on August 31, 1997.

Prince Charles, who was on holiday with the Queen and his sons William and Harry, was the first to be told about his ex-wife’s death.
Desperate to do all he could for his beloved mother, even in death, Harry asked his father, Prince Charles, if he could travel with him to Paris to collect Diana’s body.

But determined to shield his children from some of the heartbreak they were going through, Charles refused Harry’s request.

Journalist and friend of Diana, Richard Kay told a Channel 5 documentary: “The Queen and Prince Charles’ view was that the boys were their main priority.”

Instead, the Prince of Wales travelled alone to Paris to bring his ex-wive’s body back to Britain.
But even this was frought with difficulty.

This would be one of the few things the Queen and her son were to agree on following Diana’s death.

Richard said: “Charles took the decision that he was going to Paris to bring back Diana’s body.

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“This was a surprising and brave move. He was an ex-husband, he had no right to be there other than as the father of her sons.

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“Charles wanted to take the royal flight to Paris but the Queen wouldn’t allow it.

“Charles fought harder for Diana than he had ever fought for her in her lifetime.”

The Prince of Wales refused to back down and eventually the Queen agreed to allow him to fly on the royal plane to bring his ex-wife’s body back to Britain.

Following Diana’s death, Harry has admited his struggles with grief.
It inspired him to set up mental health initiatives to encourage other people to open up about their feelings.

He has said he regrets not opening up sooner about the death of his mother.

In a powerful documentary last year Harry said he “refused to accept” his mother was gone.

He also praised Prince Charles for always being there for him following Diana’s death.
Harry said about his initial reaction to being told, while at Balmoral, that his mother was dead: “Disbelief, refused to accept it.

“There was no sort of sudden outpour of grief.”

He added about Prince Charles: “One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died.

“How you deal with that I don’t know. But, you know, 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.”

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