1. Do Good Even When No One's Watching
While honoring the 20 incredible winners of the Legacy Award, part of the Diana Award charity set up in their mother’s name, William explained that both he and his brother observed how “she achieved a lot by shining a spotlight, but she worked just as hard when the cameras were gone,” as the Telegraph reported back in May 2017.
2. Compassion Can Be Contagious
The honorees of the Legacy Award also proved to William just how much of an impact their mother’s compassion had on the world.
“Harry and I feel that our mother lives on in the countless acts of compassion and bravery that she inspires in other people.”
3. It's Okay To Be Naughty Sometimes, Too
In the recent HBO documentary, Diana, Our Mother, both boys revealed how keen their mother was on playing pranks and causing mischief.
William in particular mentioned a time when, as a young teenager, he arrived home to see the supermodels he had pinned up on his bedroom walls — Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell — standing at the top of the Kensington Palace stairs that led to his room.
“I went bright red and didn’t quite know what to say and sort of fumbled. I think I pretty much fell down the stairs on the way up, I was completely and utterly awestruck. But that was a very funny memory. That’s lived with me forever.”
Harry agreed by chiming in, “One of her mottos to me was, ‘you can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught.'”
4. Always Save Room For Sweets
In the same documentary, Harry admitted that Diana was prone to sneaking him and his brother snacks while watching them play football (or what we call soccer) at their boarding school.
He described their mother “smuggling” yummy treats into their socks, saying they would walk back to their rooms with “bulging” clothes full of delightful snacks to hide in their own tuck boxes.
5. Embrace The Normal Side Of Life
According to Harry, “She made the decision that no matter what, despite all the difficulties of growing up in the limelight and on that stage, she was going to ensure that both of us had as normal a life as possible.”
He went on to explain how, “if that means taking us for a burger… Or sneaking us into the cinema, or driving around the country lanes with the roof down of her old-school BMW listening to Enya… All of that was part of her being a mum.”
6. Give Hugs With Your Whole Heart
Harry also described just how unforgettable their mother’s hugs were to both of them while discussing her impact on their lives.
“She would just engulf you and squeeze you as tight as possible… Even talking about it now, I can feel the hugs that she used to give us.”
7. Embrace Your Feelings And Emotions
One of the most important things Harry mentioned was how their mother never ceased to make them feel loved. In fact, according to him, “it was that love that, that even if she was on the other side of a room, that you as a son could feel it.”
William has explained in the past how he and Kate have embraced this with their own children with the hope that they feel the same opportunity to open up to them as he did with Diana.
8. Speak Up For Those Who Can't
As the first guest on Bryony Gordan’s podcast Mad World, Prince Harry admitted to stifling his emotions regarding the loss of his mother to a point that made him unhealthy.
Rather than allow that to drag him down, however, he and his brother found inspiration in Diana to reach out to others suffering from similar loss in various charities. They are also developing their own mental health initiative, along with Kate, known as Heads Together.
9. Be Wary Of Prying Eyes
Arguably the most unfortunate lessons learned both from traveling with their mother while the brothers were still young and in the aftermath of her death was the overwhelming and often dangerous influence of cameras being shoved in all of their faces.
In the HBO documentary, William says he’s now learned the heartbreaking truth that, “You’ve got to maintain a barrier and a boundary because if you cross it, if both sides cross it, a lot of pain and problems can come from it.”
10. Never Hold Back Laughter
While discussing how Diana never lost her keen sense of humor, no matter how bad things might have seemed, Harry remembered in the documentary, “All I can hear is her laugh in my head, and that sort of crazy laugh of where there was just pure happiness shown on her face.”
11. Love Never Dies
William says in the documentary, “We felt incredibly loved, Harry and I, and I’m very grateful that love still feels there.”
He also explained how her influence on their lives even while still so young has made him realize how much time and effort he wants to give to his own children now.
“I want to make as much time and effort with Charlotte and George as I can because I realize that these early years, particularly, are crucial for children having seen what she did for us.”
William also admitted, “I have a smile every now and again when someone says something and I think that’s exactly what she would have said, or she would have enjoyed that comment.”
Proof, as he went on to explain, that our loved ones we lose are always with us.
“My mother lives with me every day.”
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