The recent media focus on Prince Harry and Megan Markle brought some old wounds to the surface in a way that many reporters and readers were not prepared to hear, but none of us should be surprised. Prince Harry has a long history in the public eye and, to be honest, most of his interactions with the media have not been positive. Beginning most deeply with the fact that media coverage of the pianos killed his mother, Princess Diana.
Princess Diana's tragic death as a victim of paparazzi aggression
It's been over 20 years since Princess Diana's death in 1997, so it's no surprise if many readers don't remember the details of these tragic circumstances. Many followers of the most recent royal couple were young children or were not even alive when she died. But the most important fact in all media coverage is this: Princess Diana is killed by paparazzi riding a motorcycle.
When Lady Diana Spencer married the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, she became the most photographed woman in the world. The media couldn't get enough of her photos, and reporters did their best to get the best shots of her candid or posed, public or private. Fixing them on Princess Diana is well maintained after her split with Prince Charles.
On August 30, 1997, Princess Diana left a Parisian restaurant and was chased by a small horde of paparazzi – motorcycle photographers who wanted to take more pictures of her. She ran to her car. Her driver tried to drive fast to lose them and the motorcycles chased her.
Princess Diana's vehicle enters a tunnel and hits a pole while trying to get away from the chasing motorcycles. She died in hospital a few hours later from severe internal injuries.
Prince Harry was only 13 at the time
The media was not always nice to Prince Harry
Prince Harry was understandably traumatized, his opinion from the media changed forever when his mother died, persecuted by reporters while he was in those formative early teens. And to add insult to injury, the media did not stop that there was aggression against his family there. In fact, they targeted him personally.
Prince Harry was accused of infidelity at a school that turned into a media sensation. He repelled a reporter who claimed Prince Harry had attacked him. Putting this on top of causing his mother's tragic death, it's no surprise that Prince Harry never trusted or liked the news and tabloid media.
And now, with the regular attacks on his wife, Megan Markle, all the memories of the tragedy.
How Prince Harry Reminds Princess Diana Constantly
In defense of her husband, Prince Harry recently released a heartfelt statement saying the same two-faced attacks that remind him so painfully of his late mother, Princess Diana.
"Every time I hear a click, every time I see a flash, it brings me right back," says Prince during the recently released documentary Harry and Megan: An African Journey in which he talks about how the negative media reminds him of his mother. "In this respect, it's the worst reminder of her life, as opposed to the best." Prince Harry hopes you will change the way things are done. To change the world and the way he did things that tragically killed his mother: Princess Diana.