Harry asked driver to replicate journey Diana took in Paris before her death

Prince Harry has said he asked a driver to replicate the journey his mother Diana, Princess of Wales took in the lead-up to her death.

The Duke of Sussex, 38, says in his new memoir that during a 2007 visit to Paris he was driven through the Pont de l’Alma tunnel at the same speed as the car that was carrying Diana and Dodi Fayed before it crashed in August 1997.

Harry, who was 23 at the time of the visit, writes in his autobiography Spare that there was “no reason anyone should ever die inside” the tunnel and added that the drive was “a very bad idea”.

In the book, which also includes allegations of a physical fight with Prince William, Harry writes: “Off we went, weaving through traffic, cruising past the Ritz, where Mummy had her last meal, with her boyfriend, that August night.

"Then we came to the mouth of the tunnel. We zipped ahead, went over the lip at the tunnel’s entrance, the bump that supposedly sent Mummy’s Mercedes veering off course."

According to People magazine, he continues: “But the lip was nothing. We barely felt it.

“As the car entered the tunnel I leaned forward, watched the light change to a kind of water orange, watched the concrete pillars flicker past. I counted them, counted my heartbeats, and in a few seconds we emerged from the other side.

“I sat back. Quietly I said: Is that all of it? It’s… nothing. Just a straight tunnel.

“I’d always imagined the tunnel as some treacherous passageway, inherently dangerous, but it was just a short, simple, no-frills tunnel. No reason anyone should ever die inside it.”

The inquest into Diana’s death heard that her car was travelling at between 60mph and 65mph – around twice the 31mph (50kph) limit for the road – when it struck the 13th pillar of the westbound carriageway in the underpass.

Harry says in his autobiography he thought the drive would “bring an end, or brief cessation” to a “decade of unrelenting pain”.

He adds: “It had been a very bad idea. I’d had plenty of bad ideas in my 23 years, but this one was uniquely ill-conceived.

“I’d told myself that I wanted closure, but I didn’t really.”

Harry's autobiography Spare, which will be released on 10 January next week, contains many bombshell claims about Harry's upbringing and royal life, including claims that his older brother William physically attacked him in 2019, and King Charles pleaded with his two warring sons to sort out their differences.

The Prince also claims he tried cocaine as a teenager, speaks about losing his virginity at age 17 and claims he killed 25 Taliban soldiers during his time serving in the army.


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