The two royal sons of England, Prince William and Prince Harry, speak out for the first time in a long time about their late mother, Princess Diana. They talk specifically of their last phone call with her, on the day of her car accident, in a 90-minute documentary available on HBO called, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. Since Diana passed away in 1997, it has been exactly 20 years since her death.
“That phone call sticks in my mind quite heavily,” Prince William said.
“I can’t necessarily remember what I said but all I do remember is regretting the rest of my life how short the phone call was,” Prince Harry said.
The two, only teenagers at the time, were at Balmoral Castle in Scotland during their last phone call with their mother, who was in Paris.
“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,” Prince Harry said. “Looking back at it now — it’s incredibly hard. I have to deal with that for the rest of my life: not knowing that it was the last time I’d speak to my mum, 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,” he said.
“Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say ‘goodbye, see you later, can I go off?’” Prince William said. “If I’d known what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it. That phone call sticks in my mind quite heavily,” he said.
The boys were only 12 and 15 when their mother was taken from them, and they admit that they have become extremely close, especially in this past year, since they no longer have her.
“We are uniquely bonded because of what we’ve been through,” Prince William said. “But Harry and I over the years have not talked enough about our mother.” There is no doubt that the event is probably far too painful for either of them to want to talk about, even now. Simply bringing her up in conversation most likely just brings both of them to sadness.