Prince William and Prince Harry are becoming more frank about Princess Diana, as the 20th anniversary of her death approaches.
On an upcoming ITV documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy which airs on Monday, the brothers open up about the last conversation they had with her.
“The very last memory I have is a phone call from Balmoral [Castle in Scotland],” William said. “At the time, Harry and I were running around, minding our own business, playing with our cousins and having a very good time. Harry and I were in a desperate rush 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. That phone call sticks in my mind quite heavily.”
The memory of that phone call has been on Harry’s mind over the years. “It was her speaking from Paris,” he recalled. “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. 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 night.”
Besides the fact that the royals carried on Diana’s legacy through her many charities and organizations, William is also trying to his kids know their late grandmother. He keeps photos of her tells stories about her at bedtime. “It’s important that they know who she was and that she existed.”