Prince Harry regrets 'rushing' last phone call with mom Diana because he wanted to get back to playing with cousins
The princes, who might never again speak at length like this about their mother again, recalled their last phone with their mother before she died
Prince Harry and Prince William took the death of their mother, Princess Diana, very deeply. However, on the 21st anniversary of the late 'People's Princess' death, here's a look back to the time when the two royals shared some very personal memories on ITV and HBO’s 'Our Mother Diana: Her Life and Legacy' special, which aired in 2017 to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in a Paris car crash.
Diana died in a car crash early morning on August 31, 1997. She was traveling in the car with her then lover, Dodi Al Fayed, who was the oldest son of former Harrods owner and billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed.
In the documentary, they included featured appearances by Diana’s brother Charles Spencer, Elton John and Rihanna, who participated in taking an HIV test alongside Harry in Barbados to help break the stigma of getting tested. According to reports, Princess Diana was quite an early and public campaigner for HIV and AIDS awareness and treatment during her days.
Often the two royals have been asked about their final conversations with their mother, trying to answer such questions once and for all, they recalled their last phone with their mother before she died, and remembered how short it was. Being young boys of 15 and 12 respectively, William and Harry at the time were more interested in getting back to playing with their cousins at the Queen’s Scottish retreat, Balmoral at that time when she had called. “And if I’d known that that was the last time I was going to speak to my mother the things that I would – the things I would have said to her,” Harry says in the documentary.
While discussing the documentary with journalists and reporters at a meeting in Kensington Palace last year, William said, “This is a tribute from her sons to her.” He added that standing before a group about to watch the documentary was “possibly the most nervous I’ve ever been.”
“It’s one thing doing a documentary like this and it’s another thing standing in front of all of you guys and explaining about something very personal to you,” he said. “Nevertheless, I think it’s very important that I’m here to do that.”
This documentary was their answer to the press and the constant need for detailing. Prince William had said at that time: “We won’t speak as openly and as publicly about her again.” He added, “We feel hopefully this film will provide the other side from her close family friends that you might not have heard from before, from those who knew her best, and from those who want to protect her memory and want to remind people of the person that she was: The warmth, the humor, and what she was like as a mother, which probably hasn’t come across before in many other pieces from other people.”
Harry, who was perhaps the worst hit by Diana's sudden death, had revealed previously that he has only cried tears of grief twice: once at his mother's graveside at Althorp on September 6, 1997, and “maybe, maybe once" since then. “So there’s, you know, there’s a lot of — there’s a lot of grief that still needs to be let out.”
He added, “There’s not a day that William and I don’t wish that she was still around, and we wonder what kind of a mother she would be now, and what kind of a public role she would have, and what a difference she would be making.”