In a recent documentary titled, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, Prince Harry and Prince William opened up about their mother and the most devastating moment of their young lives. William, the Duke of Cambridge, was only 15 years old when his mother was taken from him. Right on the brink of becoming a man, he never had his mother’s wise guidance by his side during those turbulent teenage years.
However, William fondly remembers his mother’s playful teasing of him, recalling the time he came home from school to be greeted by supermodels Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell at the top of the stairs.
“I was probably a 12- or 13-year-old boy who had posters of them on his wall, and I went bright red and I didn’t quite know what to say and sort of fumbled,” he said. “I think I pretty much fell down the stairs on the way up. I was completely and utterly awestruck.”
Prince Harry echoed his brother’s memories, remembering how much of “a total kid” she was and “one of the naughtiest parents.”
“When somebody says to me, ‘so she was fun, give us an example,’ all I can hear is her laugh in my head,” he said. “And that sort of crazy laugh where happiness was shown on her face. One of her mottos to me was ‘you can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught.’”
In a moment of heartbreaking candor, Harry also shared that this was the first he and his brother had really spoken about their mother’s death. “Arguably probably a little bit too raw, up until this point,” he said. “It’s still raw.”
William and Harry went on to express their deepest regrets over the last conversation they had with their mother while they were in Balmoral and she was in Paris.
William said, “Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say ‘goodbye, see you later, can I go off?’ If I’d known what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been quite so blasé about it.”
Harry also struggles with that moment saying, “Looking back at it now – it’s incredibly hard. I have to deal with that for the rest of my life: not knowing that it was the last time I’d speak to my mum, how differently that conversation would have panned out if I’d had even the slightest inkling that her life was going to be taken that night.”