Few but so heartbreaking words! Prince William made the sweetest promise to Diana before she died

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Oh, our hearts.

AGRA, INDIA - APRIL 16: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Taj Mahal on April 16, 2016 in Agra, India. (Photo by UK Press Pool/Getty Images)
AGRA, INDIA – APRIL 16: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Taj Mahal on April 16, 2016 in Agra, India. (Photo by UK Press Pool/Getty Images)

Come August, it will be twenty years since the tragic death of Princess Diana and to commemorate her life ITV announced that they are working with both her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, on an intimate documentary.

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Princess Diana

Earlier this year, the Princes both decided to talk candidly for the first time about losing their mother as part of their Heads Together campaign. They were overwhelmed with support from the public who praised them for the honesty, and people were touched that they had opened up – particularly considering the royals are characteristically closed when it comes to discussing their emotions.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks in front of the Taj Mahal on April 16, 2016 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks in front of the Taj Mahal on April 16, 2016 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

But as more and more details of Diana’s private life emerge in the run up to the anniversary of her death, it has been revealed that Prince William reportedly made a very sweet promise to his mother just a year before she died.

It’s no secret that Princess Diana and Prince Charles had a turbulent relationship, and despite formally separating in December 1992 their divorce was not finalised until late 1996, almost four years later.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks in front of the Taj Mahal on April 16, 2016 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES-0123
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks in front of the Taj Mahal on April 16, 2016 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES-0123

This is supposedly due to disagreements over money, access, and – most importantly – Diana’s title.

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Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William Upset Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William Upset Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William Upset Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William Upset Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William Upset Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

According to the New York Times, Diana wished to keep the styling ‘Her Royal Highness’ considering that she was the mother of the future heir, and Queen Elizabeth II even agreed. But the publication claims that Prince Charles was ‘adamant’ that Diana would be stripped of the title and the privileges that come with it.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William in India Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Without the prestigious ‘HRH’, Diana would have to comply with various royal rules, such as curtseying to her own children, and would lose all formal connection to her sons.

The Princess’ former butler, Paul Burrell, recalls how Prince William – just 14 years old at the time – tried to comfort his mother and soothe her ‘distress’.

In his book, A Royal Duty, Burrell writes: ‘She told me how he had sat with her one night when she was upset over the loss of HRH, put his arms around her and said, ‘Don’t worry, Mummy. I will give it back to you one day when I am King.”

Diana died just one year after the divorce was finalised, but both William and Harry have continued to honour their late mother in everything they do – from their charity work endeavours, to the commissioning of commemorative statue of her in Kensington Palace.

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Princess Diana Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

We’re sure Diana would be so proud of everything the sons are doing.

Source: marieclaire co uk

Tags: Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William

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