Losing their mother at such young ages, royal siblings Prince William and Prince Harry now look back and admit they feel regret over not protecting Princess Diana.
Prince William made the emotional admission in a new BBC interview for an upcoming documentary commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana.
In the interview, reports the Daily Mail, the Duke of Cambridge said that he and his brother finally feel ready to speak about the feelings they have about their mother’s death “because we feel we owe it to her.”
Added William: “I think an element of it is feeling like we let her down when we were younger.”
William, who was just 15 when Diana died, explained: “We couldn’t protect her,” he said. “We feel we at least owe her 20 years on to stand up for her name and remind everybody of the character and person that she was. Do our duties as sons in protecting her.”
The documentary also features in interview with Harry, who admits he was stunned to see firsthand how universally beloved his mother was.
“When she died there was such an outpour of emotion and love which was quite, which was shocking,” said Harry.
“It was beautiful at the same time, and it was amazing, now looking back at it, it was amazing that our mother had such a huge effect on so many people. When you’re that young and something like that happens to you I think it’s lodged in here, there, wherever – in your heart, in your head and it stays there for a very, very long time,” continued Harry.
“I think it’s never going to be easy for the two of us to talk about our mother, but 20 years on seems like a good time to remind people of the difference that she made not just to the Royal Family but also to the world,” added Harry.