Prince Harry still 'haunted' over 'what happened to Princess Diana'

Prince Harry is reportedly still affected by the death of his mother Princess Diana in 1997. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry is reportedly still 'haunted' by the death of his mother, Princess Diana, with its impact affecting the new father's approach to his royal role.

The insight was brought to light by PR expert Richard Fitzwilliams, who explained his view in the context of Harry's insistence for privacy since meeting Meghan Markle.

Still affected

"If we look back, and looking back quite a while at the whole period when they were going out together, with the engagement, there was, of course, Harry's attack on the media," he told talkRADIO in the UK.

The 'attack' Richard refers to is the impassioned - and unprecedented - statement the prince released in 2016 in defence of his then-girlfriend.

In the release, Harry said the UK press' treatment of Meghan was plagued with 'outright sexism and racism' before detailing how he was 'worried about Meghan's safety'.

"Some of [the alleged abuse] has been very public - the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments," the statement read.

"It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms Markle should be subjected to such a storm."

Since the birth of their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, in May, this resistance against the media has only been amplified, often to the detriment of the couple's public image.

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Diana and the Queen snapped in good spirits.
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana Resting Her Head In Her Hands Whilst Sitting On The Steps Of Her Home At Highgrove, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales rides in the passenger seat of a vintage Mercedes-Benz.

Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles at William's first day at Eton.
circa 1965: A young Lady Diana Spencer (1961 - 1997), later the wife of Prince Charles.
Prince Charles and his fiancee Lady Diana Spencer with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, 7th March 1981.
Prince Charles  and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales kissing his wife, Princess Diana (1961 - 1997), on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their marriage.
Princess Diana on her wedding day.
(FILE PHOTO) The Prince and Princess of Wales leave St Paul's Cathedral after their wedding, 29th July 1981. She wears a wedding dress by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel and the Spencer family tiara.
A pregnant Princess of Wales joins the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping of the Colour ceremony, June 1982. The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Alexandra of Kent and Angus Ogilvy are among the group. 
(FILE PHOTO) The Princess of Wales attends a dinner held by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in Islamabad during her official visit to Pakistan, September 1991.
Princess Diana pictured in a tiara.

Diana looks deep in thought on her wedding day.

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Princess Diana in a stylish evening gown.
Princess Diana and Prince Philip at a polo match in Windsor on July 26th , 1987.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana leave St. Mary’s Hospital in London, with Prince Harry on September 16, 1984.
Princess Diana with her sons William and Harry in 1995.
Princess Diana pictured in a stylish beret.
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Diana with her sons in December 1995.
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An adorable Prince William and Prince Harry can be seen standing beside their mother, Princess Diana, as a little girl gives flowers to the Queen Mother in 1991.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, kissing Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, at a polo match.
Diana gets involved in a parents' day race.

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Diana and Charles pose for a formal picture.
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Charles and Diana as newlyweds.
Diana sporting a casual look.

Diana wears a tartan outfit to match Charles' kilt for a trip to Scotland.

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Diana dazzles in white frock and tiara during trip to the Middle East.
Diana pictured with baby Harry.
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Diana and Charles enjoy a family day out.
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Diana pictured alongside Princess Anne.
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana Resting Her Head In Her Hands Whilst Sitting On The Steps Of Her Home At Highgrove, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
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Baby backlash

This was perhaps most evident in the public backlash surrounding the royal baby's recent christening, which was done completely privately at the chapel at the inner-sanctum of Windsor Castle.

According to Richard, this defence is potentially an after-effect of Diana's tragic death in a 1997 Paris car crash, when Harry was just 12 years old.

"There is no doubt, of course, that again, what happened to his mother haunts him, and is behind a lot.

"The actually sentiments expressed do appear to be reflected in the way they are currently behaving."

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The Prince and Princess of Wales and their two children, Prince William, 9, and Prince Harry, 7, wave goodbye from the deck of the Royal Yacht Britannia to the people of Toronto at the end of the Royal couple's five-day official visit to the city.
The Prince of Wales arrives at Aberdeen rail station on his way to the Royal Family's retreat at Balmoral. He took his two sons, six-year-old Prince William, left, and four-year-old Prince Harry, accompanied by their nanny Ruth Wallace.
Princess Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince William and Prince Harry on holiday in Majorca, Spain on August 10, 1987. Also present were the Spanish Royal Family and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.
Princes William and Harry are swamped by dogs at the Badminton horse trials. Royals, Full length, Animal, Dog, William, Harry ©Anwar Hussein/allaction.co.uk
Six year old Prince William shields his eyes from the Spanish sunshine as he poses for photographs on the steps of the Marivent Palace with his brother Prince Harry, mother The Princess of Wales (lower right), and father the Prince of Wales (left). With them are King Juan Carlos (centre) and Queen Sofia of Spain and their children the Infantes Cristina and Elena and Prince Felipe.
The Prince and Princess of Wales on holiday with their sons, Prince William and Prince Harry (riding pillion behind his father), on Tresco, Scilly Isles.
The young Princes William and Harry at the Polo. Photo. Anwar Hussein
Prince William, along with the Duke of Edinburgh, the Earl of Wessex, the Queen, the Princess Royal, the Prince of Wales, Prince Harry and the Princess of Wales look on from the balcony of Buckingham Palace at Trooping the Colour. Royals, Philip, Queen, Minor Royal, Edward, Anne, William, Charles, Diana, Balcony, Family shot, Half length, Uniform, Hat. ©Anwar Hussein/allaction.co.uk
The Princess of wales follows her sons Prince Harry (right), five years old, and Prince William, seven, on Harry's first day at the Wetherby School in Notting Hill, West London.
The Princess of Wales rides a chair lift up the Kriegerhorn with her sons Prince William, left, and Prince Harry, in Lech, Austria.
THE PRINCESS OF WALES DRIVES HER SONS, PRINCES HARRY & WILLIAM AWAY FROM KENSINGTON PALACE.
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The Princess of Wales, accompanied by Prince William and Prince Harry, arrives at the Queen's Medical Centre to visit Prince Charles.
Princes William and Prince Harry with the Diana, Princess of Wales in Austria during their 1992 skiing holiday. At the time the Princess was going through her break up with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.
The Prince and Princess of Wales, with young Prince William and Harry at the wedding of Duke Hussey's daughter in Bath, May 1989. Photo. Anwar Hussein
Prince William signs the traditional Entrance Book watched by his parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and younger brother, Prince Harry, at Eton College.
Diana, Princess of Wales with young Princes William and Harry at Niagara Falls, Canada in 1991. Photo. Anwar Hussein
The Prince of Wales and his sons, Princes William (left) and Harry, leave church this morning (Sunday).
The Prince and Princess of Wales with sons Prince William (right) and Prince Harry, attending the VJ Day commemorations at Buckingham Palace.
(L-R) The Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry looks on as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother waves to the crowds outside Clarence House, London, on the day of her 101st birthday. *31/08/01 The fourth anniversary of the death of the princess was, being marked privately by her sons William and Harry. The teenage princes and their father, the Prince of Wales, would remember her in their own way, said St James's Palace. Charles was finishing his autumn holiday at Birkhall on the Balmoral estates in Scotland, and William was understood to be in Scotland too. As in the two previous years, there are no official plans to commemorate the day Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997.
Note to Editors: This picture transmitted 17 August 1998 to accompany package of stories in advance of the first anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Library filer dated 6/9/97 of (L-R) The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales following the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, to Westminster Abbey for her funeral service. Photo by Adam Butler/PA/WPA ROTA.
Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Service to celebrate the life of Princess Diana, Princess of Wales at the Guards Chapel in London.
The Prince and Princess of Wales with sons Prince William, right, and Prince Harry relaxing in Tresco during their holiday in the Scilly Isles.
Princes William and Harry at Cirencester Polo Club in 2001. Photo. Anwar Hussein
The Earl of Spencer, Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Charles at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997. Photo. Anwar Hussein
The Prince and Princess of Wales, with Princes William (centre, r) and Harry, at the VJ Commemorations at Buckingham Palace.
The Prince of Wales and his sons Princes Harry and William (R) leave church on the Sandringham Estate after the traditional Christmas Day service, attended by the Queen and other members of her immediate family.
The Prince of Wales flanked by his sons Princes William (left) and Harry during a photocall at Prince Charles country home, Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire, at the beginning of the two young princes summer holidays. * Earlier Prince William, 17, arrived for the photocall at a wheel of car in which he his learning to drive.
The Prince of Wales followed by Princes Harry and William arrive for the BBC Songs of Praise Millennium Service at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The Prince of Wales and his sons, Prince William (left) and Prince Harry, pose for photographers on the Madrisa ski slopes above Klosters. They are on the third day of their traditional skiing holiday in Swiss resort.
The Queen Mother stands with Queen Elizabeth II, and great grand children, Prince William and his brother Prince Harry on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, for her celebrations on her 100th birthday.
Left-right: Prince Harry and Prince William after their Highgrove polo team beat Cirencester Park in the ladbrokescasino.com trophy at Cirencester Park Polo Club.
Princes William and Harry at the Queen Mother's funeral at Westminster Abbey, London in April 2002. Photo. Anwar Hussein
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