It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the world tragically lost Diana, Princess of Wales.
She was only 36 years old at the time, and the mother to two young boys — just 12 and 15 years old.
But now, her sons are all grown up. And as they make their life as adult British royals, they also continue to carry their mother’s legacy and spirit with them everywhere they go — something they wish to properly convey in a new ITV and HBO documentary, “Our Mother Diana: Her Life and Legacy.”
Prince William, now known as the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry have undoubtedly already made a significant impact in this world — from their time serving their country, to their own respective philanthropic efforts, to their ongoing battle against mental health stigma.
But now they’re opening up about the impact their mother had on their own lives.
According to People, William told the press that the film would be the last time he and Harry would be opening up about their royal mother, saying:
“We won’t speak as openly and as publicly about her again. This is a tribute from her sons to her.”
William continued, telling the press that it’s been a tough subject to delve into and that the viewing was “possibly the most nervous I’ve ever been”:
“It’s one thing doing a documentary like this and it’s another thing standing front of all of you guys and explaining about something very personal to you.
Nevertheless, I think it’s very important that I’m here to do that.”
He continued, explaining exactly why he and Harry are doing this:
“We feel hopefully this film will provide the other side from her close family friends that you might not have heard from before, from those who knew her best, and from those who want to protect her memory and want to remind people of the person that she was: The warmth, the humor, and what she was like as a mother, which probably hasn’t come across before in many other pieces from other people.”
Naturally, the topic is an extremely emotional one for Diana’s sons. In fact, in the documentary, Harry and William revealed that the last time they spoke to their mother was on the phone the day she was killed.
Unfortunately, without any idea of what was to come that day, they said they rushed to get off the phone and get back to playing with their cousins. Harry said:
“And if I’d known that that was the last time I was going to speak to my mother the things that I would — the things I would have said to her.”
Harry also opened up about his grieving process — or lack thereof — after his mother’s death. He said he cried once at her graveside on September 6, 1997, and then “maybe, maybe once,” continuing:
“So there’s, you know, there’s a lot of — there’s a lot of grief that still needs to be let out.”
As for William, he was candid about how he’s felt his mother by his side in moments of need — specifically, on his wedding day. He revealed:
“When it came to the wedding, I did really feel that she was there. You know, there was times when you look to someone or something for strength and I very much felt she was there for me.”
Harry wrapped up his sentiments by saying what any loving son would about his deceased mother:
“There’s not a day that William and I don’t wish that she was still around, and we wonder what kind of a mother she would be now, and what kind of a public role she would have, and what a difference she would be making.”
Clearly, no matter how much time passes, when it comes to Diana, William and Harry will always be her little boys just trying to keep her spirit alive.