The entire world mourned Princess Diana when she passed away following a tragic car accident in 1997. Her death left Princes William and Harry without a mother, and still to this day, the beloved Princess is honored everywhere.
In July, a new statue of her will be unveiled in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, but only time will tell if both of her sons will be present.
Now, weeks away from the unveiling of the statue, a new documentary has divulged details of Diana’s last ever phone call. Royal commentator Richard Kay was the last one to speak to her before she passed away. He’s revealed what she said.
Princess Diana was loved by many. She became a part of the Royal Family in 1981, when she married Prince Charles. The couple tied the knot in St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and royal faces from several countries were in attendance.
Diana tragically passed away in August of 1997 following a car accident in Paris. For large parts of her royal life, she was hounded by the paparazzi press; it’s not a stretch to say that Diana became the most photographed person in the world.
Everybody wanted their own little piece of the princess. According to The Guardian, the paparazzi press were offering up to $500,000 for grainy pictures of her.
Her sons, William and Harry, saw both sides of how their mother was treated by the press. Only recently, Harry said that he actually wanted to leave the Royal Family in his early 20s, owing in large parts to how he witnessed his mother being treated before her death.
“Look what it did to my mum, how am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and a family when I know that it’s going to happen again,” Harry explained. “I don’t want to be part of this.”
Besides leading an extremely public life, Princess Diana also had many private problems. One of the biggest involved her husband, Prince Charles.
Just years after wedding Diana, Charles engaged in an affair with Camilla, who would later become his new wife.
According to Prince Charles’ authorized biography, as quoted by Town & Country, their affair had started by 1986. At that time, Charles was still married to Princes Diana, and she found out about it.
Charles’ affair with Camilla
In 1989, Diana confronted Camilla over the affair, telling her to back off.
“I know what’s going on between you and Charles and I just want you to know that,” Camilla recalled Diana saying in a tape released by The Telegraph, as quoted by Town & Country.
“[Diana] said to me: ‘You’ve got everything you ever wanted. You’ve got all the men in the world falling in love with you and you’ve got two beautiful children, what more do you want?’”
“So I said, ‘I want my husband.’ And I said, ‘I’m sorry I’m in the way and it must be hell for both of you. But I do know what’s going on. Don’t treat me like an idiot,’” Camilla explained.
Over the years, William and Harry have been two very loving brothers, bonded together through tragedy. Losing their mom at such young ages was an ordeal no one but them will ever truly fathom.
In 2017, on the 20th anniversary of the passing of Princess Diana, the two brothers got together and talked about their mother.
William and Harry honor their mother
Their discussion can only be summed up in one word: Love.
”When everybody says ‘she was funny, give us an example’. All I can hear is her laugh,” Harry explained.
“She was one of the naughtiest parents, she’d come and watch us play football and smuggle sweet into her socks, literally walking back from a football match and having five packages of [candy]. And just, the whole shirt was full with sweets.”
“We felt incredibly loved by her, and I’m very grateful that the love still feels there,” William said. ”It feels like a good time to remember her and hopefully provide a different side.
”It was that love, even though she was on the other side of the room, as her son you could feel it,” Harry added.
Growing up within the Royal Family must be a very special thing. Sure, there will never be a shortage of money, but at the same time, it’s a life of duties and responsibilities.
New Diana letters revealed
Just how much of a ‘normal’ childhood William and Harry had with their mother is hard to tell. But now, an old letter written by Princess Diana has surfaced.
In the letter, we get a very short, but beautiful glimpse of what William and Harry’s childhood was like. Not only that, but also the very special childhood bond between the two.
The letter was written by Diana in March of 1985, just six months after the birth of her youngest son, Harry.
“William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near!” Diana’s handwritten letter states, as reported by The Sun.
The letter, written to a former steward at Buckingham Palace, Cyril Dickman, was sold at auction in Cambridge in 2017.
In other letters, Princess Diana revealed how a then-older Prince Harry was “constantly in trouble” at school. Further, she also wrote about the joy of being a mother, as well as describing the “difficult period” in her life that was to follow.
Princess Diana oftentimes took William and Harry to theme parks and other fun venues. But she also knew what royal life entailed, including the fact that they had meals served at all times.
Took William and Harry out for fast foo
She knew the importance of William and Harry being just as any other child, even though they were royals. With this in mind, she would sneak them out of the palace to go and get fast food on occasion.
“I remember the princess came into the kitchen one day and said, ‘Cancel lunch for the boys, I’m taking them out, we’re going to McDonald’s,” Diana’s former personal chef Darren McGrady told Marie Claire.
“And I said, ‘Oh my God – your Royal Highness, I can do that, I can do burgers.’ And she said, ‘No, it’s the toy they want.’”
Early next month, William and Harry will reunite in the UK for the unveiling of the statue of their mother Princess Diana, which is set to take place on July 1 in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.
That date would have marked Princess Diana’s 60th birthday.
Of course, things are hardly stable following Harry’s most recent trip to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral. The Prince – at odds with his family over the claims he and Meghan Markle made to Oprah Winfrey – was said to have been “shocked” by the ice cold reception from his family upon his initial return.
The fact that he then felt “ambushed” by his brother and father didn’t make things any better.
New statue of Princess Diana
According to Russell Myers, royal editor at the Daily Mirror, it was, for a time, unclear if Harry would even travel to the UK for Diana’s statue ceremony.
“I’m told he is still committed to coming. Both camps are. Certainly Kate and William will welcome him if he wants to come back,” Myers said on talkRADIO, as quoted by the Express.
“His intention is to come back. One may wonder, if his wife has just had a baby, I’m sure he could jump on a private jet and made a flying visit.”
“But, will it be a convenient excuse so he doesn’t have to come back and face the family?” he added.
The latest reports states that Harry indeed will attend his mother’s statue unveiling. However, Meghan Markle won’t be there. Instead, she will stay in the couple’s Montecito home to take care of their newborn baby, as reported by Harper’s Bazaar.
Diana’s last phone call, revealed
“Meghan has just had a baby and has no plans to travel to London for the memorial event planned for the statue unveiling,” another source revealed to Entertainment Tonight.
Princess Diana is still loved by people all around the world, as her spirit and legacy lives on. A new documentary about the late Princess is set to air soon.
In the 90-minute-film, as reported by Express, new revelations about Princess Diana’s last days will come to light. Journalist and royal expert Richard Kay appears in the documentary – and he reveals that he was the last person who spoke to Diana before the tragic car crash.
“I spoke to her that night. The police said that the last call she made was to me,” Kay recalled.
‘Desperate for a fresh start’
One year before her passing, Diana and Prince Charles split. Diana was said to be afraid that the Queen and Charles were plotting to separate her from Harry and William. This comes according biographer Howard Hodgson, author of the 2007 book Charles: The Man Who Will Be King.
“She was well aware that the Queen had the constitutional right and authority under common law to take control of both boys’ care and education,” Hodgson wrote.
“As such she could become the boys’ guardian or even appoint one: this would probably be their father and that might lead to Diana’s exclusion if she finally burned all her bridges with the Royal Family.”
After the split from Prince Charles, Richard Kay said that he felt that Diana was in “quite a good place”. She was starting a new chapter in her life, when suddenly everything was taken away from her and her children.
“She was desperate to try and make a fresh start and do something different, to explore a different kind of Royalty,” Kay said. “And she wanted to come back and see her boys.”
“The most mourned person who ever lived”
The new documentary about Princess Diana will celebrate her “remarkable life”. According to Executive Producer David Glover, the documentary came at the “perfect time to re-examine her life and legacy”.
“There is something a bit magical about Princess Diana – and despite the difficulties in her personal life she managed to use her connection with people to do huge amounts of good,” Glover said.
“Her 60th birthday feels like the perfect time to re-examine her life and legacy and explore just how she went from a relatively unknown teenager to the most mourned person who ever lived.”
We will always honor the legacy of Princess Diana and remember her for the amazing person she was. Thank you for everything, and may you always rest in peace.
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