Prince Harry was just 12 years old when he woke to the news on Sunday, August 31, 1997, that his mother had been killed in a car accident in Paris.
Her death was so unprecedented, so shocking, that the royal family was unprepared for how to deal with such a tragedy. Their initial reaction was to “do as they had always done”.
According to biographer Tina Brown, in a documentary that aired in the UK last night detailing the days after Diana’s death, the “everything is normal” attitude confused young Harry so much, he asked his father if his mum had really died.
"Prince Harry actually asked his father, 'Is it true that Mummy's dead?'" Brown said in the Diana: 7 Days That Shook The Windsors documentary.