Princes Harry and William Remember Their Mother, Princess Diana, In Touching New Documentary

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On Monday, HBO will release a new documentary marking the 20th
anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, offering personal
insights into the lives of Prince Willam and Prince Harry and
the pain they experienced after learning they’d never speak to
their mother again.

“I can’t necessarily remember what I said but all I do remember
is regretting for the rest of my life how short the phone call
was, Prince Harry said in the film, according to CNN. “If I’d
known that that was the last time I was going to speak to my
mother, the things I would have said to her.”

“Looking back at it now—it’s incredibly hard. I have to deal
with that for the rest of my life: not knowing that it was the
last time I’d speak to my mum, how differently that
conversation would have panned out if I’d had even the
slightest inkling that her life was going to be taken that

Prince William adds that he and his brother had been “running
around, minding our own business, playing with our cousins and
having a very good time” and were hurrying to say “goodbye, see
you later, can I go off?”

“If I’d known what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been
quite so blasé about it,” he said. “That phone call sticks in
my mind quite heavily.”

The brothers said they opted to open up for the film—called
Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy—because the
time finally felt right.

“There’s not many days that go by that I don’t think of her.
Her 20th anniversary year feels like a good time to…remember,
you know, all the good things about her and hopefully provide
maybe a different side to her that others haven’t seen before,”
Prince William said.

The documentary isn’t just a rumination on regret. The brothers
also remember their mother’s
propensity for mischief, and joked that she would have made a
“nightmare grandmother.”

“She’d love the children to bits, but she’d be an absolute
nightmare. She’d come and go and she’d come in probably at bath
time, cause an amazing amount of scene, bubbles everywhere,
bathwater all over the place and — and then leave,” Harry said.

“Our mother was a total kid, through and through,” he added.
“One of her mottos to me [was] ‘You can be as naughty as you
want—just don’t get caught.’”

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