Prince William and Prince Harry spoke to Stephanie Kennedy for Australia’s ABC about their mother and how they remember her. The pair are organizing a concert to make the 10th anniversary of her death. Princess Diana died in a car accident in a Paris tunnel and until now, her two boys have not spoken out about their mother’s death. Here are the highlights:
On remembering their mother and how they dealt with her loss.
For us, we were so lucky to have her as our mother and we, you know, there’s not a day goes past that we, sort of, don’t think about her and miss her influence because she was a massive example to both of us. And it’s one of those things that is very sad but you learn to deal with it and there are plenty of other people out there who have got the same or worse problems that we’ve had.
The nicest thing for the fact that she was our mother, she had a public side and then she had a private side and the private side was very small in comparison to the public side, obviously, but the memories that we’ve got of her, I think we’re very lucky to have those memories because they’re so private, between us. And that’s the nicest thing about it, is that you see her get slated for such and such but the personal memories that we have of her are very much private and that’s where hopefully it’ll always be.
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The boys acknowledge their mother’s mistakes. But what really matters is the effect she had on them. Says William,
She did everything because she felt it was right and it was what she wanted to do. She didn’t go by what she thought was the best thing to do or be told to do something. She’d do it from her heart and fully immerse herself into it and she cared, she cared massively.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their mothers’ death the boys have organized a memorial concert to be held on July 1st. After the constant media scrutiny, the concert is a way for the public to be encouraged to remember Diana in a positive light. William says,
After 10 years there’s been a rumbling of people bringing up the bad and over time people seem to forget, or have forgotten, just all the amazing things she did and what an amazing person she was. And we sort of felt that this was the best way of bringing that back to life and letting people remember all the good things about her because she’s not here to defend herself when she gets criticized and so we want to do that instead and this is the best way of us getting that across to people.
The performers include Elton John, who wrote the infamous Candle in the Wind for Diana, Tom Jones and Duran Duran. Prince Harry hopes it will be one big party.
To celebrate her life with a concert, with music and people just smiling and having fun, hopefully which is what they’re going be doing, waving their arms in the air, you know, like they just don’t care. You know, I don’t think there’s any better way to celebrate her life.