Prince William has confessed he and Prince Harry felt they let their mother down because they failed to protect her.

The Duke of Cambridge made the emotional admission in a major BBC interview about the week that followed Princess Diana’s death in a car crash in 1997.

He said he and his brother were finally ready to talk about their mother ‘because we feel we owe it to her’. He added: ‘I think an element of it is feeling like we let her down when we were younger’, shares Daily Mail.

William, who was 15 at the time, continued: ‘We couldn’t protect her. 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 interview will feature in a 90-minute BBC1 documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in Paris in August 1997.

The princes told of the moment they heard the news that their mother had died, and described how they felt as young boys following their mother’s coffin at her funeral, a scene that moved the world.

Harry admitted he was shocked by the public’s show of love for his mother.

‘When she died there was such an outpour of emotion and love which was quite, which was shocking,’ he said.

‘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.

‘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.’

Two amazing brothers that are always continuing to make their mum proud I am sure.

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  • yeah the whole world was watching them and i guess looking at them to carry her legacy


  • They weren’t just boys who lost their Mum. They were in the “public eye”, watched and scrutinized even during their Mother’s funeral. It was televised across the world.
    How many children lose a parent have their every move watched and photographed? It was not their choice.


  • I remember watching the footage on TV of the funeral and the boys walking behind the coffin – it was heartbreaking. They showed such courage.


  • They will always just be boys who lost their mum too early.


  • It must be very difficult to lose your mother at a young age and in such circumstances.


  • oh these poor lads, what a heartbreaking and horrible tragedy they have lived through – no one should loose their mum at such a young age.

    May they continue on being wonderful sons and follow in her footsteps


  • These feelings are very normal in the grieving process, bless them ! The death of their mum had a huge impact on them and the whole world indeed.


  • I imagine young boys would have very complex feelings about the loss.


  • Diana would be so proud of her boys,they have grown into wonderful young men.


  • Losing their mum when they were still so young, has surely affected them in many ways. I think Diana was loved by so many people around a world. An amazing woman!


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