Prince Harry and Prince William haven’t shared a lot regarding their mother’s death in 1997. When Princess Diana died, her two sons were 15 and 12 years old at the time.
Prince William and Prince Harry shared some thought on their mother in 2017. Princess Diana was spending her vacation days in Paris, while the boys were in Balmoral Castle, and they were very excited to see their mother the next day. When Princess Diana called to hear her boys, they were playing with their cousins and couldn’t speak to their mother for long. In their interview from 2017 with ITV, Katie Nicholl commented on it in her book, Harry: Life, Loss, and Love, stating how “they both spoke of their regret at not having spoken to their mother for longer when she called them at Balmoral on the final day of her holiday in Paris. The boys had not seen Diana for a whole month during the summer of 1997 and they were due to be reunited the next day.’’
Prince William said of that day how they were in a “desperate rush to say goodbye” to their mother. “I can’t really remember what I said, but all I do remember is, you know, regretting for the rest of my life how that phone call was,” Prince Harry added, “If I’d have known that was the last time I was going to speak to my mother — the things I would have said to her. Looking back on it now, it’s incredibly hard. I have to deal with that for the rest of my life.”
“William said it was the first and last time they would talk about Diana so openly,” Nicholl wrote. “There was a sense that by speaking so openly, they had found inner peace and a sense of closure.’’
Princess Diana’s death
Princess Diana died when the boys were sleeping, and Queen Elizabeth II told the staff not to wake them up, and to let them rest before telling them the tragic news the next morning. The public shamed the Queen for how she handled the death of Princess Diana, but Harry and William’s grandmother had the best intentions. She allegedly told the staff to dispose of all the radios and televisions from the Balmoral Castle so that the boys can mourn their mother in peace.