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Princes William and Harry remember their last phone call with Princess Diana

By WITW Staff on July 24, 2017

Back in April, while campaigning for the mental health charity Heads Together, Princes William and Harry spoke about their desire to open up about the traumatic death of their mother, Princess Diana. And it seems that the royal sons are staying true to their word. As The Cut reports, a new HBO documentary marking the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death features William and Harry remembering the last conversation they had with their mother.

Diana called her boys on the day that she died. For Harry, the details are hazy. “I can’t necessarily remember what I said but all I do remember is regretting for the rest of my life how short the phone call was,” he recalled. “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.”

William has a clearer picture of the moment. He told HBO that when Diana called, he and his brother were “running around” and playing with their cousins. “Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say ‘Good-bye, see you later, can I go off?’” he said. “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.”

Their memories are clearly tinged with regret, and Harry has been open about seeking a therapist’s help in dealing with the trauma. But the princes also shared fond recollections of the time they shared with Diana.

“Our mother was a total kid, through and through,” Harry told the documentary. “One of her mottos to me [was], ‘You can be as naughty as you want — just don’t get caught.’”

The documentary debuts Monday on HBO and will also be airing on ITV in the U.K. Below, watch a clip of William and Harry remembering their late mother.

Read the full story at the The Cut.


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