‘Harry and I over the years have not talked enough about our mother’
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, with high profile figures and organisations across the globe using 2017 to commemorate the late Princess.
Both Princes will share some of their personal memories of Princess Diana to celebrate her as a mother as well as an influential figure, reportedly opening up about their memories of Thorpe Park and cinema trips with Diana, who fought to give them as much of a normal upbringing as possible.
They will of course also discuss her contribution to public life and her huge dedication to humanitarian work, with 32-year-old Prince Harry honouring his mother by continuing her work with The Halo Trust, fighting the use of landmines.
Both Princes opened up about their mother’s death only recently, uploading a video of the two of them discussing their struggles to come to terms with it, alongside Kate Middleton, as part of their Heads Together campaign.
Speaking about how he and his brother are uniquely bonded through the experience of losing their mother, Prince William explained: ‘It’s very easy to run away from it…to avoid it the whole time. Even Harry and I over the years have not talked enough about our mother’, to which Harry agreed, ‘No, never enough.’
‘I always thought to myself what’s the point in bringing up the past? What’s the point in bringing up something that’s only going to make you sad?’ explained Prince Harry. ‘It ain’t going to change it, it ain’t going to bring her back. And when you start thinking like that it can be really damaging. [William] always said to me “you have got to sit down and think about those memories.”’
The ITV documentary is set to be broadcast later this year, with ITV’s Controller of Factual, Jo Clinton-Davis, promising that ‘this new ITV film will offer viewers a fresh and revealing insight into Princess Diana through the personal and intimate reflections of her two sons and of her friends and family, many of whom have never spoken before, to bring together a definitive portrait of a unique person who touched the lives of millions.’