It’s been 20 years now since Princess Diana tragically died in a car crash in Paris.
The “People’s Princess” has since been missed by people all over the world as her presence, joy and love for people was contagious and inspiring.
But no one longs for her more than her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
As passionate as she was about being the people’s princess, Diana was even more passionate about parenting her two precious little boys and raising them to love others as she did. She once said, “I want my boys to have an understanding of people’s emotions, their insecurities, people’s distress, and their hopes and dreams.”
Since her death, both boys have grown into respectable and honorable men. Though it’s been 20 years since they last saw their mother, William and Harry say she’s still very much a part of their lives—and the lives of William’s children.
In the new documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, Prince William opens up about how “Granny Diana’s” memory is alive in his children, 4-year-old Prince George and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte.
“We’ve got more photos up round the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff.”
William says he often shares stories about Granny Diana while getting George and Charlotte ready for bed.
“It’s hard because obviously Catherine didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that—that level of detail. So, I do [when] regularly putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in their lives, and so it’s important that they know who she was and that she existed.”
Thinking about the relationship his kids will never get to have with Diana, Prince William lovingly jokes in the interview that his mother would have been a “nightmare” grandmother.
“She’d be a nightmare grandmother, absolute nightmare. She’d love the children to bits, but she’d be an absolute nightmare. She’d come and go and she’d come in probably at bath time, cause an amazing amount of scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place and—and then leave.”
Prince William admits that while his mother is no longer here to show him the ropes of parenting, he often draws from her hands-on approach as he remembers, and lives it out with his own kids.
“I want to make as much time and effort with Charlotte and George as I can because I realize that these early years particularly are crucial for children, and having seen, you know, what she did for us.”
By the looks of it, his mother would have been proud.
You can catch the HBO documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy on HBO Go.