Most people live with the assumption that their loved ones will be around tomorrow, especially children; when you're young, you don't often think about death. So it is especially heartbreaking to hear the regret Princes William and Harry carry about the last conversation they had with Diana before her untimely death, now 20 years ago.
"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," Harry told ITV. He would have been 12 when she died and his brother William was 15, shares CNN.
"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," he said. "Looking back at it now -- it's incredibly hard. I have to deal with that for the rest of my life: not knowing that it was the last time I'd speak to my mum, how differently that conversation would have panned out if I'd had even the slightest inkling that her life was going to be taken that night."
William echoed his brothers sentiments, sharing that the two had been running around with their cousins, having a good time, when they got the phone call from their mother. "If I'd known what was going to happen I wouldn't have been quite so blasé about it," the Duke of Cambridge said. "That phone call sticks in my mind quite heavily."
The royal brothers are featured in a documentary, airing on ITV and HBO, honoring their mother and shedding light on parts of her the public did not know. They feel that now is the right time to remember her legacy. "There's not many days that go by that I don't think of her. Her 20th anniversary year feels like a good time to ... remember, you know, all the good things about her and hopefully provide maybe a different side to her that others haven't seen before," William said.
The boys say that one of the greatest things they remember about their mother is how loved she made them feel. "We felt, you know, incredibly loved, Harry and I ... and I'm very grateful that that love still -- still feels there," Prince William said. His brother added: "It was that love that -- that even if she was on the other side of a room ... that you, as a son, you could feel it."
But both of them also share that she had a wicked sense of humor. William recalled the time when his mom arranged for the world's top supermodels to surprise him when he returned home from a trip.
She had arranged "when I came home from school to have Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell waiting at the top of the stairs," Prince William said. "I was probably 12 or 13-year-old boy who had posters of them on his wall. And I went bright red and didn't quite know what to say and sort of fumbled, and I think I pretty much fell down the stairs on the way up."
It is so evident that Diana will never be forgotten. She is an icon of relatable royalty and of a life cut too short. In a recent Facebook post, Franklin Graham shared a deep lesson we can learn from her untimely death. What do you think of her sons' tribute to her? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you!