"Even talking about it now I can feel the hugs that she used to give us." Her smothering love is something that they will always fondly look back at.
Anyone who has ever tragically lost their loved one to death would know how painful it can be, waking up one day and finding out that someone so important to you is just no more. For Prince William and Prince Harry, this was probably one of the most difficult times from their childhood when they had to lose their mother at the ages of 15 and 12.
They never thought their mother would be taken away from them and their biggest regret is the very last conversation they had with her. Just hours before Princess Diana passed away in a car accident in Paris, she called her two young boys and it's the last time they heard her voice.
In an ITV documentary, Prince William said, "The very last memory that I have is a phone call at Balmoral," according to Express. Like boys of their age, they were busy playing around with other kids and they rushed through their conversation with her. "At the time Harry and I were running around minding our own business, playing with our cousins and having a very good time," Princes William said. "I think Harry and I were just in a desperate rush to say goodbye. You know, see you later and we’re going to go off."
Looking back at the call, it fills them with regret wishing they had told her so much more than they did at the time. "If I’d known now obviously what was going to happen, I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it," he said. "That phone call sticks in my mind quite heavily."
Prince Harry, too, remembers being very casual about the call. He recalled Prince William calling out to him as if it was his turn to talk to mummy now.
"Right my turn, off I go, you know, pick up the phone." Harry thought and went on to say, "It was her speaking from Paris. I can’t really necessarily remember what I said, but all I do remember is regretting for the rest of my life how short the phone call was."
The death of someone so dear to not only fills you with grief, but you wish you could get one more chance to tell the things you always wanted to tell them, but never did because you always thought there would be the next time. "If I’d known that that was the last time I was going to speak to my mother, the things I would have said to her.”
Understandably, Prince Harry took the death of his mother real hard and didn't open up about it for years. He said, "Not knowing that that was the last time I was going to speak to my mum, and 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," as reported by The Telegraph. Attending their own mother's funeral would have been absolutely devastating.
When they look back at memories of their mother, they always remember the wonderful impact she had on them. "Even talking about it now I can feel the hugs that she used to give us," Prince Harry said. "I miss that feeling, I miss that part of a family, having that mother to give you those hugs and that compassion I think everybody needs."
In everything that Prince William and Prince Harry do, they try to take forward the legacy that Prince Diana left behind. "We want her legacy to live on in our work," said Prince William.
Even as fathers, Prince William and Prince Harry are so much like their mother, smothering their children with the same love that their mother told them. They watched their mother use her position and her name for a number of important causes around the world. And they hope to do the same with their positions, too. "What my mother believed in," Harry said in a podcast, as reported by TIME, "is… the fact that you are in a position of privilege or a position of responsibility and if you can put your name to something that you genuinely believe in… then you can smash any stigma you want."