‘The naughtiest mum’ Prince William and Harry speak about Diana as a mother for first time
Prince William and Prince Harry have spoken about their relationship with Princess Diana as their mother for the first time.
The brothers reveal how the People’s Princess was “one of the naughtiest parents” around, as she broke Royal protocol to seize a life “outside of Palace walls”.
Prince William, who now has two children of his own, George and Charlotte, said: “She was very informal and really enjoyed the laughter and the fun.
“She understood that there was a real life outside of Palace walls.”
Perhaps a nod to his own mischievous side, Prince Harry said: “She was one of the naughtiest parents.”
He added: “She was our mum. She still is our mum. And of course, as a son I would say this, she was the best mum in the world. She smothered us with love, that’s for sure.”
The unsusually candid interviews feature on a documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, filmed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death.
The programme will air later this month on ITV, and a preview of the landmark interviews shows the royal brothers taking an emotional trip down memory lane, looking at a private family photograph album created by Princess Diana herself, and featuring iconic royal moments as well as never before seen photographs.
Looking at a photo of Diana holding him while pregnant with Harry, William says: “Believe it or not, you and I are both in this photograph, you’re in the tummy!”
Prince William and Harry will reveal how Princess Diana influenced their lives.
William, who was 15 when Diana died, has said walking behind her coffin was “one of the hardest things I have ever done”.
He has admitted he did not feel he could allow himself to be in “flood of tears” after her death and felt uncomfortable with the “massive outpouring of emotion” from the public.
But this year William has spoken about how his grief sparked a desire to campaign on mental health issues.
He said: “I have my own reasons for being involved in mental health – what happened to me and my mother when I was younger. It all comes back down to mental health.”
William has admitted his biggest regret is that Diana will never be able to meet Kate and the children.
Harry, who was just 12 when his mother was killed, has spoken about how he “shut down all his emotions” for almost two decades but finally sought professional help four years ago.
He recently revealed how fighting in Afghanistan was the “trigger” that finally forced him to deal with Diana’s death.
The Prince said: “I have got plenty of issues. None of them really relate to Afghanistan but Afghanistan was the thing that triggered everything else and the process.
“If you lose your mum at the age of 12 you have got to deal with it.”
He has also spoken about how Diana’s death has influenced him as a person.
Harry said: “All I want to do is make my mother incredibly proud.
“That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.
“When she died, there was a gaping hole, not just for us but also for a huge amount of people across the world.”
He added: “If I can try and fill a very small part of that, then job done. I will have to, in a good way, spend the rest of my life trying to fill that void as much as possible. And so will William.
Diana died in a car crash in Paris on August 31 1997.
The new ITV documentary is made by Oxford Film and Television, producers of ITV’s Our Queen at 90, and was commissioned for ITV by Jo Clinton-Davis and Sue Murphy.
Jo, a controller of Factual, said: “This new ITV film will offer viewers a fresh and revealing insight into Princess Diana through the personal and intimate reflections of her two sons and of her friends and family, many of whom have never spoken before, to bring together a definitive portrait of a unique person who touched the lives of millions.”
Nick Kent, executive producer at Oxford Film and Television, said: “This film will show Princess Diana in a way she has never been seen before, through the eyes of the two people who knew her best.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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