With this summer marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, Princes William and Harry are opening up about their late mother in a series of TV documentaries.
In one, BBC’s “Diana, 7 Days”, William has some harsh words for the paparazzi that relentlessly hounded her, revealing that she was constantly being followed by the British press.
“Very sadly, a lot of my memories revolve around trying to cheer her up,” William says in the documentary, reports People. “I believe she cried more to do with the press intrusion than anything else in her life. The impact it was having on her that we would then see and feel was very difficult to understand. She was subjected to treatment that, frankly, nowadays people would find utterly appalling.”
In fact, William says that this incessant intrusion became a constant throughout his childhood. “We’d go looking for her, to talk to her, to play and she’d be crying — and when that was the case, it was to do with the press. She’d had a confrontation with photographers on the way to the gym or on the way outside just trying to do day-to-day stuff. The damage for me, being a little boy being 8, 9, 10 and wanting to protect your mother and finding it very difficult seeing her upset,” he explains.
“Every single time she went out there’d be a pack of people waiting for her. I mean a pack of dogs, followed her, chased her, harassed her, called her names, spat at her, trying to get a reaction, to get that photograph of her lashing out, get her upset,” adds the prince.
Prince Harry also offers his recollections for the documentary, recalling how his father, Prince Charles, broke the news that Diana had died in a car accident in a Paris tunnel.
“One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died,” Harry says in the doc. “How you deal with that, I don’t know.”
As Harry recalls, Charles “was there for us — he was the one out of two left, and he tried to do his best and to make sure that we were protected and looked after,” he adds. “But he was going through the same grieving process as well.”
“Diana, 7 Days” airs on Friday, Sept. 1.