Charles’ heartbreaking five-word response to Harry as he learnt of Diana’s death

Prince Harry has opened up about the moment King Charles told him his mother had died in a car crash.

Harry also revealed how as a young boy he didn't believe his mother, Princess Diana, was gone and it wasn't until he was given a lock of her hair that he began to accept the loss.

The Duke of Sussex made the revelation in his upcoming memoir ‘Spare’, which is set to be released on Tuesday (January 10).

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During an extract, the 38-year-old recalls the moment he was told his mother had died in a car accident in Paris in 1997.

Harry writes that his father, now King Charles, sat on the edge of his bed and said: “Darling boy, Mummy’s been in a car crash.

“There were complications. Mummy was quite badly injured and taken to hospital, darling boy.

“He always called me ‘darling boy,’ but he was saying it quite a lot now. His voice was soft. He was in shock, it seemed.

“With a head injury. They tried, darling boy. I’m afraid she didn’t make it.”

In the book, he claims that his father didn’t hug the then 12-year-old, but simply placed a hand on his knee and told him everything would be okay.

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The Duke of Sussex also discussed struggling to come to terms with his mother’s death, believing she was just “hiding”.

Harry said even when his Aunt Sarah gave him “proof” that she was dead by giving him a lock of his mum’s hair — he still thought it couldn’t be true.

He writes of how the brothers were presented with two tiny blue boxes and asked to open them and see what was inside. Harry said his aunt told him it was Diana’s hair.

But even then, the young prince struggled to accept the loss of his mother, as reports The Sun.

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The extract continues: “But then immediately came the reassuring doubt, the lifesaving uncertainty: No, this could be anybody’s hair.

“Mummy, her beautiful blonde hair intact, was out there somewhere. I’d know if she weren’t. My body would know. My heart would know. And neither knows any such thing.”

Harry recalls how he couldn’t cry despite the devastating loss he felt. Recalling how confused he felt seeing crowds of people crying over his mother's death.

He also claims that he and William were dissuaded from jointly asking for an investigation into Diana’s death to be reopened.

Harry reveals he once sought “closure” on his mother’s death by asking his driver to take him on the same route in Paris.

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