Sometimes sad, sometimes very positively.’ William said he felt ‘lucky’ to have had 15 years to get to know his mother before her death and said he made a conscious effort to speak to his own children about ‘Granny Diana’.‘There were two grandmothers in their lives so it’s important that they know who she was,’ he said.‘She’d be an absolute nightmare grandmother, absolute nightmare.
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Recounting how he reacted in front of the supermodels, William says: 'I pretty much fell down the stairs on the way up.'The fact is that, like so many devoted mothers, Diana lived much of her life through her children.
Harry understands that devotion and sacrifice very clearly.
It was mixed, too, with her own sense of the importance that childhood was a time of innocence and joy.
For Harry remarks: 'Our mother was a total kid through and through.' She possessed a 'crazy laugh [which] was just pure happiness.'Above all, she led her life on the principle of the importance of having a free spirit. 'She was one of the naughtiest parents,' Harry says.
Quite why it has taken two decades to do it is not clear but the boys hint at a possible explanation when they talk about how they coped with their grief.
William says he knew his mother would not want him to be upset.
She’d love the children to bits, but she’d come in probably at bath time, cause an amazing scene with bubbles absolutely everywhere and bath water all over the place, then just leave!
’He said his overwhelming memory of her was a ‘feeling of having her around and being loved as a family or as a son’. I’m very grateful that love still feels there, even 20 years on.’Harry added: ‘To myself and William she was just the best mother ever …
It was a love that, even if she was on the other side of a room, you could feel.’The Queen summoned a friend of Princess Diana to ask about the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles.