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Combining HTML and PHP - How to get Div statement not to show in .html files

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I am trying to create an error message within a a Form when the user enters the wrong Captcha code:

 <?php if(isset($_GET['wrong_code'])){ ?>
 <div style="border:1px solid #990000; background-color:#D70000; color:#FFFFFF; padding:4px; padding- left:6px;width:180px;">Wrong verification code</div><br />
 <?php ;}?>

Another php file sends the result of the captcha code check back in the 'wrong_code' parameter:

When I save and run the file as a .php file it operates perfectly, however I am stuck using html/htm files (due to many years of Google knowing these files) and the html/htm files show the above error message div upon loading.

I have tried modifying .htaccess by adding various iterations of the statements below to get the html files to act more PHP. This did not work:
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .html
AddHandler php-script .php .html

I am operating on a form with very little space so I just want an error message that opens up a line under the captcha box in red to tell the user the Captcha code is wrong. I want there to be no error message div shown upon loading and for the error message div to show only if the wrong_code parameter is sent back to the web page. Where am I going wrong? Should I be doing this another way?

All help gratefully appreciated.
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