Prince Harry recalls driving through the same tunnel where Princess Diana died at the same speed

‘I wanted closure’: Prince Harry recalls repeatedly driving through the Paris tunnel where Princess Diana died at the exact same speed in explosive biography

Prince Harry has emotionally recalled repeatedly driving through the Paris tunnel where Princess Diana died at the exact same speed in his explosive biography.

The Duke of Sussex, 38, opened up about how he has confronted his mother’s death in his new book Spare, which was accidentally published in Spain today

In 2007, the now father-of-two – who was 23 at the time – was in the French capital for the Rugby World Cup.

While being driven around the city, Prince Harry recalled how he asked to be taken through the Alma underpass where Princess Diana died on 31 August 1997.

He also requested that they go through the tunnel at 65 miles per hour – the same speed Princess Diana’s chauffeur was driving at when the tragic accident happened. 

The Duke of Sussex, 38, wrote in an extract ahead The Duke of Sussex, 38, wrote in an extract ahead of the release of his memoirs Spare, that he asked to be driven through the Alma underpass where Princess Diana died on 31 August 1997, going at the same speed as her car's at the time of the accident that caused her death. Picturde with Diana in Mallorca in August 1987

The Duke of Sussex, 38, wrote in an extract ahead The Duke of Sussex, 38, wrote in an extract ahead of the release of his memoirs Spare, that he asked to be driven through the Alma underpass where Princess Diana died on 31 August 1997, going at the same speed as her car’s at the time of the accident that caused her death. Picturde with Diana in Mallorca in August 1987

Harry recounted the driver was shocked when he asked him if he knew the tunnel were his mother had died, and asked him to drive him through it. 

The royal revealed he barely felt anything when he entered the tunnel, writing it was: ‘The bump that supposedly sent Mummy’s Mercedes veering off course.’

He recounted how he counted the lights and the pillar inside the tunnel as his car whizzed through, but was shocked at how short the tunnel actually was when he emerged. 

‘I’d always imagined the tunnel as some treacherous passageway, inherently dangerous, but it was just a short, simple, no-frills tunnel,’ he wrote. 

Harry also revealed he met with a 'woman with powers' who claimed his mother was there with him in spirit. Pictured with the Prince of Wales in London on 1 July 2021

Harry also revealed he met with a ‘woman with powers’ who claimed his mother was there with him in spirit. Pictured with the Prince of Wales in London on 1 July 2021

The royal added that he told his bodyguard and driver that there was no reason anyone should die in the Alma tunnel. 

He then revealed he asked the driver to drive him through the tunnel three times in total. 

Harry wrote that he thought the experience would bring him the ‘closure he wanted’ but it sadly had the opposite effect.

He said that going through the tunnel put an end to the questions and doubts he had about his mother’s death, and made him realise she was gone for good. 

Princess Diana, with Prince Harry, the Prince of Wales and King Charles in London in June 1995

Princess Diana, with Prince Harry, the Prince of Wales and King Charles in London in June 1995  

In the book, Harry also recounted getting in touch with a woman ‘with powers’ – without using the terms psychic of medium –  in order to speak to his mother. The woman allegedly relayed a message from Diana telling him he was living the life ‘she couldn’t, the life she wanted for him.’

He didn’t specify where or exactly when this meeting took place, however, he placed it after the birth of his son, Archie, who was born in May 2019. 

He wrote that the woman was recommended to him by friends, and even though he was skeptical over her abilities, he went to see her. 

He said he felt the woman’s aura and that she told him she could feel a presence around him, and believed that his mother was with him in spirit. 

The Alma tunnel, in Paris, where Princess Diana died on 31 August 1997. Harry drove past the same tunnel aged 23 to get closure

The Alma tunnel, in Paris, where Princess Diana died on 31 August 1997. Harry drove past the same tunnel aged 23 to get closure 

Prince Harry pictured at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in Paris. During the trip, the then 23-year-old repeatedly drove through the tunnel where his mother died in August 1997

Prince Harry pictured at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in Paris. During the trip, the then 23-year-old repeatedly drove through the tunnel where his mother died in August 1997

The royal admitted his eyes watered when he heard that his mother was in the room as they spoke. 

The woman allegedly said that the prince was living the life his mother had wanted for him. He asked the woman for proof that his mother’s spirit was indeed present. 

The Duke of Sussex claimed the woman referred to an ‘ornament,’ which he understood to be a Christmas tree ornament in the shape of Elizabeth II that his son Archie broke and tried to fix. 

The woman told Harry that Diana was there when it happened and laughed at her grandson’s antics. 

Elsewhere in the biography, Prince Harry said ‘begged Prince Charles not to marry Camilla’ and feared she would one day be his ‘wicked stepmother‘.

The Duke of Sussex alleges that he and his brother would not stand in the way of the then-Prince of Wales’s relationship but had asked him not to walk down the aisle for the second time, calling Camilla the ‘Other Woman’.

Charles had tried to ‘win over the kids’ before asking the public to accept Camilla, the book claims. Harry claims that meeting her for the first time was like an ‘injection’, writing: ‘Close your eyes and you won’t even feel it.’

The Duke said: ‘I remember wondering… if she would be cruel to me; if she would be like all the wicked stepmothers in the stories’. He added: ‘Willy had been suspicious of the Other Woman for a long time, which confused and tormented him; When those suspicions were confirmed, he felt agonizing remorse for not having done or said anything before’.

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