Royal heartbreak: How William revealed struggles in ‘not letting Diana’s death break him’

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PRINCE WILLIAM revealed how he coped with the death of his mother Princess Diana in an emotional interview 20 years after the tragedy.

The Duke of Cambridge told ITV in 2017 that thoughts about Diana’s legacy kept him going. He described feeling numb when he was told that his mother had died in a car crash in Paris back in 1997. William had been staying at Balmoral with Harry, Charles and the Queen.

He said: “It’ll either make or break you. And I wouldn’t let it break me.

“I wanted her to be proud of the person I would become.

“I didn’t want her worried or her legacy to be that William and/or Harry were completed and utterly devastated by it.”

Prince Harry added that Prince Charles had been “there for us” and that he “tried to make sure we were protected”.

Prince William opened up about Dianas death Image ITV GETTY
Prince William opened up about Dianas death Image ITV GETTY

Prince William opened up about Diana’s death (Image: ITV / GETTY)

Princess Diana with a young Prince William Image GETTY
Princess Diana with a young Prince William Image GETTY

Princess Diana with a young Prince William (Image GETTY)

Both princes supported the Queen’s decision to keep the family in Scotland away from the public and the press.

When they went to London for Diana’s funeral, people lined the streets to mourn her passing.

William recalled finding it “peculiar” that people who had never met his mother were “wailing in the streets”.

He said that sometimes people tried to grab him and Harry.

William and Harry walked behind their mothers coffin with their father grandfather and uncle Image GETTY
William and Harry walked behind their mothers coffin with their father grandfather and uncle Image GETTY

William and Harry walked behind their mother’s coffin with their father, grandfather and uncle (Image GETTY)

Both princes opened up about their decision to walk behind Diana’s coffin – with William saying it was the hardest thing he’s ever done, while Harry added he was glad to be a part of it.

However, Harry also spoke of the anger he still feels about the circumstances surrounding his mother’s death.

He said: “She’d had quite a severe head injury, but she was very much alive on the back seat.

“And those people that caused the accident, instead of helping were taking pictures of her dying on the back seat.

Prince Harry revealed his anger about the paparazzi taking photographs of his mother Image ITV
Prince Harry revealed his anger about the paparazzi taking photographs of his mother Image ITV

Prince Harry revealed his anger about the paparazzi taking photographs of his mother (Image ITV)

William and Harry marked the th anniversary of Dianas death in the White Garden Image GETTY
William and Harry marked the th anniversary of Dianas death in the White Garden Image GETTY

William and Harry marked the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in the White Garden (Image GETTY)

“And then those photographs made their way back to news desks in this country.”

William and Harry marked the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in the garden at Kensington Palace created in her name.

Earlier in the year they commissioned an ITV documentary entitled ‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy’ in which they opened up about their feelings.

William reflected on the fact that Diana never got to meet her four grandchildren.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have one baby, Archie Harrison.

William joked that Diana would be a “nightmare grandmother”, causing havoc whenever she came round.

He said: “She’d love the children to bits, but she’d be an absolute nightmare.

William and Harry marking since since their mothers death Image GETTY
William and Harry marking since since their mothers death Image GETTY

William and Harry marking 20 since since their mother’s death (Image GETTY)

“She’d come, probably at bath time, cause an amazing scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place, and then leave.”

Harry and Meghan are on the last day of their Africa tour, during which Harry visited Angola.

This is a special tribute to Diana, who visited the country in 1997 as part of an effort to free it of landmines, a cause close to her heart.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK