Prince Harry and William bottled up their emotions for years. But years later, they have gathered the courage to open conversations about their mother.
Princess Diana lives in the hearts of millions of people. Though it has been more than 20 years since her death, the memories of her are still alive. Her sons who loved her dearly opened up about the loss of their mother at a very young age. Prince William was 15 and Prince Harry was just 12 when Diana met with an untimely death in a tragic accident in Paris.
The young royals, who found it incredibly difficult to cope with their mother's death opened up years later about how they miss their relationship with her.
As young children, they had found it difficult to express their sorrow and grief. Today as adults, both her sons have many fond memories of her to share to the world. Here are 20 heartbreaking quotes by the sons of the People's Princess who loved and admired around the world.
"Time makes it easier. I still miss my mother every day — and it's 20 years after she died."
"Losing a close family member is one of the hardest experiences that anyone can ever endure. Never being able to say the word 'Mummy' again in your life sounds like a small thing. I too have felt — and still feel — the emptiness on such a day as Mother's Day."
"When it came to the wedding, I did really feel that she was there. You know, there were times when you look to someone or something for strength, and I very much felt she was there for me."
"I am in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better. It has taken me almost 20 years to get to that stage."
"I would like to have had her advice. I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won't, that they will never know her."
"Part of the reason why Harry and I want to do this is was because we feel we owe it to her. I think an element of it is feeling like we let her down when we were younger. We couldn't protect her."
"The very last memory I have is a phone call from Balmoral [Castle in Scotland]. At the time, Harry and I were running around, minding our own business, playing with our cousins and having a very good time. 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. That phone call sticks in my mind quite heavily."
"I never realized quite how much of an impact she had. I applaud her for all her dedication and drive, and I think the infectious enthusiasm and all the energy she had really rubbed off on me for causes such as [AIDS research in Africa]."
"She'd be a nightmare grandmother, absolute nightmare," William teased. "She'd love the children to bits, but she'd be an absolute nightmare. She'd come and go and she'd come in probably at bath time, cause an amazing amount of scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place and — and then leave."
"I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw. And also it is not like most people's grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her. It is a different situation for most people who lose someone they love, it can be hidden away or they can choose if they want to share their story."
"We will do everything we can to make sure she's never forgotten, and carry on all of the special gifts and such that she had and that she portrayed when she was alive. I hope that a lot of my mother's talents are shown in the work that I do."
"Losing your mother at such a young age does end up shaping your life massively, of course it does. And now I find myself trying to be there and give advice to other people who are in similar positions."
"I never really dealt with what had actually happened. So there was a lot of buried emotion, and I still didn't even want to think about it."
"She had the most wonderful sense of humor and always wanted to make things fun for us, as well as protect us."
"My mother died when I was very young. I didn't want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good."
"My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television. I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today."
"My mother took a huge part in showing me an ordinary life, including taking me and my brother to see homeless people. Thank goodness I'm not completely cut off from reality. People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live."
"I really regret not talking about it. It is OK to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognizing it and not solving that problem."
"I think it's never going to be easy for the two of us to talk about our mother, but 20 years on seems like a good time to remind people of the difference that she made not just to the royal family, but also to the world."
"Every day, depending on what I'm doing, I wonder what it would be like if she was here, and what she would say, and how she would be making everybody else laugh. Who knows what the situation would be, what the world would be like, if she were still around."