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Princes William and Harry release images from Diana’s private albums

Princes William and Harry have released a set of new images from their late mother’s private photo albums.

In a photograph taken by Prince William, Diana, Princess of Wales sits with Prince Harry on the Royal Yacht Britannia. (Photo by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry via Getty Images)

These five photos were first shown in the special ITV documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy where the brothers speak openly about their mother and take a look at her private photo albums.

From Diana’s personal album, Prince William and Prince Harry pose in borrowed policemen outfits. (Photo by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry via Getty Images)

Prince William revealed that bedtime stories for his children feature some poignant memories from the life of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. William said he makes sure Prince George and Princess Charlotte know that ‘Granny Diana’ existed.

“We’ve got more photos up around the house of her now, and we talk about her,’’ said the prince. ‘’It’s hard because obviously Catherine didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that level of detail. So I do.’’

“It’s important they know who she was and that she existed.”

Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry while on holiday. It is from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. (Photo by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry via Getty Images)

William and Harry also recalled with regret the last phone conversation with their late mother only hours before she died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. They described how they were in a desperate rush to end the conversation and get on with their day, something which still weighs heavily on their minds.

Prince William said, “The very last memory I have is a phone call from Balmoral. At the time Harry and I were running around, minding our own business, playing with our cousins and having a very good time.

“Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say ‘goodbye, see you later, can I go off?’

“If I’d known what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been quite so blasé about it.”

Diana holding Prince William while pregnant with Prince Harry. (Photo The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry via Getty Images)

Prince Harry added that he spoke to Diana after his brother, and that, although he remembers little about the subject of the conversation, he still regrets it did not last longer.

Harry, who was 12 at the time, said, ‘‘If I’d known that that was the last time I was going to speak to my mother, the things I would have said to her.

“Looking back at it now – it’s incredibly hard. I have to deal with that for the rest of my life: not knowing that it was the last time I’d speak to my mum, how differently that conversation would have panned out if I’d had even the slightest inkling that her life was going to be taken that night.”

This personal photo of Diana shows Princes William and Harry together on a picnic bench. (Photo by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry via Getty Images)

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY ROYAL CENTRAL’S SENIOR REPORTER AHMED BAYRAM
  • pmilner

    So very nice of them to release these pictures. They show Princess Diana as we all should remember her – A devoted Mum who shared her love with the rest of the world even though it meant living in a fishbowl.

  • pamela traves

    What Lovely pictures. I’m so sorry William and Harry are suffering about the last call from Diana. I hope they can come to terms with this, as Dear Diana would never want them to have such regret. God Bless them all.

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