Princess Diana with William and Harry
Princess Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry attend the Heads of State VE Remembrance Service in Hyde Park on May 7, 1995 in London. Anwar Hussein/Getty Images


  • Lord John Stevens, who investigated Princess Diana's death, claimed Prince William and Prince Harry only talked to him
  • Princess Diana's sons asked him various questions about the circumstances of their mother's death
  • The two princes were reportedly upset and blamed the paparazzi for chasing their mom's car leading to the crash

Lord John Stevens, the officer who investigated Princess Diana's death, recalled his emotional discussions with Prince William and Prince Harry after the fatal car crash.

Steven, 79, remembered speaking with Prince Charles and Princess Diana's two sons after news of her passing. He shared some details with Us Weekly while promoting Discovery+'s "The Diana Investigations" docuseries Tuesday. According to him, "it was a difficult thing" to do.

"So, I went along with two other people who were part of the investigation [including a] detective inspector, and [when we were] outside the door [at Kensington Palace], it was said, 'No, they only wanna see you,' that's me," he said.

"So, I went in there and we had ... over an hour, probably, I can't remember exactly how long. I outlined what the conclusions were for about 10 or 15 minutes and then the rest of the time was them asking me questions, which you'd expect because they didn't know the circumstances of their mother's death, where [and] when she'd died, what did she say and, and beyond that, I don't wanna declare what the conversations were."

The investigator admitted that he was "quite emotional" himself. He also shared that both Prince William and Prince Harry were upset by the circumstances of her death, and they somehow blamed the paparazzi "who they thought were very much behind what had taken place by chasing the car" leading the vehicle to go 75 miles an hour.

"They weren't too happy about that," Stevens said. "I can tell you."

Prince Harry detailed the trauma he suffered after his mom's death. In the Apple TV+ docuseries "The Me You Can't See," Meghan Markle's husband shared how losing his mother at an early age became a "nightmare" and changed his relationship with the press.

"Twenty-eight to 32 was a nightmare time in my life, freaking out every single time I jumped in the car and every single time I see a camera," Prince William's younger brother was quoted by Entertainment Tonight as saying in the series. "I would just start sweating. I would feel as if my body temperature was two or three degrees more than anything in the room. I would convince myself my face was bright red and everyone could see how I was feeling, but no one would know why, so it was embarrassing."

Princess Diana's eldest son also spoke about the loss during HBO's "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy" documentary in 2017 to commemorate her 20th death anniversary. Kate Middleton's husband shared how he rebuilt himself and tried to understand what had happened. He kept himself busy and allowed himself to get through the initial shock phase.

"You know, there [were] times when you look to someone or something for strength, and I very much felt she was there for me," Prince William said.

Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles
Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles watch the parade march past as part of the commemorations of VJ Day on Aug. 19, 1995 in London. Getty Images/Johnny Eggitt