Prince William, Prince Harry open up about how they learned of their mother’s death

Princes William and Harry spoke candidly about the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in an interview with the BBC marking 20 years since she was killed in a car crash in Paris.

Excerpts of the interviews were released Wednesday marking something of a departure for the two princes, who have largely refrained from discussing Prince Charles’ actions in other interviews describing their mother ahead of the anniversary. But in the documentary Diana, 7 Days, they appear to offer sympathy for him, quelling speculation that he had been uncaring in the crisis.

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“One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died,” Harry said. “How you deal with that I don’t know but, you know, he was there for us.”

“I remember just feeling completely numb, disorientated, dizzy,” Prince William said. “You feel very, very confused. And you keep asking yourself ‘Why me?’ All the time, ‘Why, what have I done? Why, why has this happened to us?'”

“[Our dad] 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,” Harry says. “But he was going through the same grieving process as well.”

William and Harry are also speaking about how their granny, Queen Elizabeth, went to great lengths to look out for them.

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“At the time, my grandmother wanted to protect her two grandsons and my father as well. Our grandmother deliberately removed the newspapers and things like that so there was nothing in the house to read,” William recalls.

“We didn’t know what was going on,” he adds. “Back then there were no smart phones and things like that, so you couldn’t get your news. Thankfully, we had the privacy to mourn and to try to collect our thoughts and have that space away from everybody. We had no idea the reaction to her death would be quite so huge.”

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The Queen, William says, “felt very torn between being the grandmother to William and Harry and her Queen role, and I think everyone was taken aback of what happened and the speed it happened.”

Prince Harry is also slamming the paparazzi in the documentary for causing his mother Princess Diana’s deadly crash in Paris 20 years ago, then photographing his dying mother instead of helping her.

Harry spoke openly about her mother’s death saying the “hardest things to come to terms with” was the photographers’ lack of remorse and help for Diana on the night of the deadly car crash.

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“I think one of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people that chased her through into the tunnel were the same people that were taking photographs of her, while she was still dying on the back seat of the car,” Harry said.

“William and I know that. We’ve been told that numerous times by people that know that was the case,” the prince added.

Harry blamed the paparazzi for the crash and said though his mother had suffered severe head injury after the crash, she was “very much still alive” in the backseat.

“Instead of helping, [they] were taking photographs of her dying on the back seat. And then those photographs …made their way back to news desks in this country,” Harry recalled.

Diana, 7 Days airs in the U.S. on September 1 on NBC.

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