When Prince William and Prince Harry were just 15 and 12 years old, they lost their mother Princess Diana. She was killed in a car accident on August 31, 1997, in Paris.
That day, William and Harry made a phone call to Diana. For the first time ever, they are opening up about their emotions surrounding their final conversation with their mom.
As kids, it’s hard to imagine that a parent won’t always be around. So when the boys were on the phone with their mom, all they wanted to do was hang up and go back to playing with their cousins. Little did they know it would be the very last time they’d ever speak to her.
As a result, William and Harry feel regret for the short conversation they had with her and think about it all the time, even 20 years after her death.
“Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know ‘see you later’… If I’d known now obviously what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it and everything else,” William says. “But that phone call sticks in my mind, quite heavily.”
In the new documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, airing on HBO on July 24, William and Harry candidly share memories of their mother as well as details about their childhood with her as not just Princess Diana, but as Mom, and just how heartbreaking their final chat with her was.
“Looking back on it now, it’s incredibly hard. I’ll have to sort of deal with that for the rest of my life,” Harry says. “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 her life was going to be taken that night.”
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