Prince William and Harry would push notes under Diana’s door saying ‘It will be OK’ as her marriage to Charles was failing apart, her ‘rock’ and former butler Paul Burrell reveals
Paul Burrell, 59, said Prince William and Harry would send their mother notes
They would write: ‘It will be OK’ as her marriage with Charles started to crumble
Mr Burrell and the princes spoke about Diana as a new documentary airs tonight
Princess Diana’s former butler has said Prince William and Harry pushed notes under her door saying ‘it will be OK’ when her marriage to Charles was falling apart.
Paul Burrell, 59, revealed Diana would try and protect the boys as her marriage with Prince Charles – whom she married in 1981 – started to crumble before they divorced in 1996.
And the butler, who Diana described as being her ‘rock’, said the young princes would reassure their mother that everything will be fine.
Speaking as an emotional documentary about her life airs tonight, Mr Burrell said Diana knew it was a ‘difficult’ time for both William and Harry.
He said she would take the boys to popular tourist attractions and theme parks and that the boys would sleep in her room during the split.
He told the Daily Mirror: ‘She knew how difficult it was for the boys when she and Charles separated.
‘She felt she had to overcompensate, so that’s why they would go to places like Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and Necker Island.
‘It was upsetting for them to watch the fall-out of their parents’ marriage and whenever Diana got upset, they would push notes under her door saying, ‘It will be OK’.
Diana smothered them in love and they always slept in her room during that time and not the nursery.’
Prince Harry, 32, opened up in the ITV documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, and said both he and William ‘bounced between’ their parents and ‘didn’t see either of them enough’.
The prince also revealed how he and his brother had not seen their mother for weeks before she died in Paris in August 1997 – the day before they were due to see her.
He said: ‘The two of us were bouncing between the two of them and we never saw our mother enough or we never saw our father enough.
‘There was a lot of travelling and a lot of fights on the backseat with my brother, which I would win.
‘I don’t pretend we’re the only people to have to deal with that. But it was an interesting way of growing up.’
William, then 15, and Harry, 12, were at Balmoral with their father when their mother died in the French capital.
Speaking on the documentary, which will be released to mark the 20th anniversary of her death, the pair revealed their regret cutting short a final phone call with her.
The brothers – who admitted their grief is ‘still raw’ – released never-before-seen photographs from their mother’s personal album.
Prince Harry added: ‘I never enjoyed speaking to my parents on the phone. We spent far too much time on the phone rather than speaking to each other.
‘I can’t really remember what I said but I regret how short the phone call was. I’ll have to deal with that for the rest of my life.
‘Not knowing that was the last time I was going to speak to my mum, how differently that conversation would have panned out if I’d had even the slightest inkling.’
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