One of Prince Harry’s most disturbing memories is set to be dredged up and replayed in a new Lifetime movie about his and Meghan’s departure from the palace after the cast and crew were seen executing a recreation of the fatal Paris car crash that claimed the life of his mother Princess Diana.
Photographs taken on set in Vancouver show staff from the film, Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace, setting up the horrifying moment that Diana’s chauffeur lost control of his Mercedes-Benz and crashed it into the wall of a tunnel in France, before paparazzi shutterbugs started snapping pictures of the devastating scene on August 31, 1997.
In the photos, a vintage black Mercedes, quite similar to the vehicle that was carrying the mother of two and her partner, Egyptian film producer Dodi Fayed, can be seen flipped over onto its roof with its front end destroyed, while men playing the role of photographers crowd around it with large cameras aimed at the wreck.
The scene is eerily similar to the shocking photographs taken only moments after Princess Diana’s vehicle smashed in the Alma tunnel in Paris, which were immediately distributed around the globe. However, it seems that the Lifetime producers have taken steps to make the horrific crash all the more climactic, flipping the vehicle over onto its roof, which was not what occurred in reality.
Other photos from the set show men on motorbikes tearing up to the scene of the wreck, depicting the moment that paparazzi photographers appear on the scene, having been following Diana’s vehicle in pursuit of an image of her and Fayed, who also died in the crash along with the couple’s chauffeur.
The smashed Mercedes being used in the movie was also photographed on the back of a flatbed truck being driven off, similar to the moment that Diana’s wrecked car was taken away to be examined.
The onset pictures were taken just weeks after Prince Harry opened up about his anger and grief over his mother’s passing, saying that she’d been chased to death, before revealing his concerns about history repeating itself with his wife Meghan Markle during an interview with Oprah Winfrey for their Apple TV+ mental health series, The Me You Can’t See.
An inquest jury ruled the Princess of Wales and her partner died because of the grossly negligent driving of Henri Paul, who was allegedly around three times over the drink-drive limit.
They also singled out the paparazzi’s speed and the way they were driving as contributory factors but concluded the couple could have survived the accident had they been wearing seatbelts, therefore were not chased to death, but it’s just a shame Diana could not just be left in peace now, but then on the other hand, perhaps the truth of her death does need to come to light.