『Diana, Our mother : Her Life and Legacy』
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I remember it well. It was Claudia Schiffer, not Cindy Crawford though. Diana adored those boys. https://t.co/REcLZCm53x— Christy Turlington (@CTurlington) 2017年7月23日
peaking in an interview due to broadcast on ITV on Monday, the Duke described his last conversation with her, while she was in Paris and he was at Balmoral with his father, the Prince of Wales, and the wider Royal family.
“At the time Harry and I were running around minding our own business, you know, playing with our cousins and having a very good time,” he said. Prince Harry continued: “As a kid I never enjoyed speaking to my parents on the phone.
“And we spent far too much time speaking on the phone rather than speaking to each other, because of just the way the situation [the divorce] was.
“And the phone rang and off he [William] went to go and speak to her sort of for five minutes.” The Duke said: “And I think Harry and I were just in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know, see you later and we’re going to go off.
“If I’d known now obviously what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it and everything else. “But that phone call sticks in my mind quite, quite heavily.”
e told an on-screen interviewer that he did recall what she had said to him, but chose not to disclose it.” Prince Harry, who in April told the Telegraph he had sought counselling after years of refusing to talk about Diana’s death, said he remembered being called to take his turn at the telephone receiver.
“It was her speaking from Paris. “I can’t really necessarily remember what I said, but all I do remember is probably, you know, regretting for the rest of my life how short the phone call was.
“And 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.” He added: “Looking back on it now, it’s incredibly hard. I have to sort of deal with that for the rest of my life.
“Not knowing that that was the last time I was going to speak to my mum, and 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.”
William said he is frequently talking about “Granny Diana” to his children, keeping her memory alive. “I do regularly when putting or to bed talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers, in their lives, and so it's important that they know who she was and that she existed,” he said.
The Family Album
he documentary opens with the Duke and Prince leafing though Diana's photograph album, only recently rediscovered at home and full of picture of them as children.
Prince Harry, who stars in many of them, told William: "Part of me never really wanted to look at them and part of me was waiting to find the right time where we could sit down and look at them together. One shows him on his first day of school, while another captures a beach holiday, where he is hugged tightly by Diana. She would just engulf you and squeeze you as tight as possible," he recalled, speaking to camera.
"And being as short as I was then, there was no escape, you were there and you were there for as long as she wanted to hold you.
"Even talking about it now I can feel the hugs that she used to give us and I miss that. I miss that feeling, I miss that part of a family, I miss having that mother to be able to give you those hugs and give you that compassion that I think everybody needs."
The Queen’s Worries
he Queen, the documentary reveals, was so concerned about Diana in her low points that she took a friend aside quietly at Balmoral to check on her welfare.
Harry Herbert, whose father was the 7th Earl of Carnarvon and racing manager to the Queen, said: “I had a talk to the Queen about it at Balmoral.
“The Queen wanted to talk to me about it because she was so worried about Diana. “After a lunch at Balmoral and going [on a walk] up high and looking down onto this beautiful setting of heather and Castle, and an incredibly important chat. A very personal chat.
“And the Queen wanted to know how was Diana feeling, and was it as bad as it was?
“It was a sad discussion, a sad moment really because that was everything at its worst.”
But he said, he had visited Diana at home in Kensington Palace when she was struggling, and even then her face would “light up” when her sons came “thundering” into her room.
efore the trauma of Diana’s death, Prince William and Prince Harry endured the fall-out from her divorce from the Prince of Wales, finalised in 1996 after a long and very public battle between their parents.
“There was the point of where our parents split and the two of us were bouncing between the two of them and we probably didn’t...we never saw our mother enough or we never saw our father enough,” Prince Harry said.
“You know there was a lot there was a lot of travelling and a lot of fights on the back seat with my brother, of which I would win.
“So there was all of that to contend with. And I don’t pretend that we’re the only people to have to deal with that. But it was, it was an interesting way of growing up.”
xploring Diana’s main causes, from HIV awareness to homelessness, the film also reveals her final, incomplete, challenge: landmines.
Prince Harry tells how he found a “whole series” of letters, around a month ago; dated August 31 and waiting for her to sign them.
“She knew exactly what needed to be done,” he youngest son said.
“She was writing letters to certain people to say right,, this is what needs to happen in order for this whole sort of tidal wave to change.
“And it’s only recently over the years that I’ve actually really understood the effect that she was having in those areas and on an international scale as well.”
n the film, he speaks with two young victims of landmines in Bosnia, telling them they had seen his mother more recently than he had.
She had spent time with them after learning they had been injured by mines, going on holiday to Paris just a few weeks later while Prince Harry was at Balmoral.
Their childhood outfits
n a light-hearted moment, Prince Harry speaks with mock-fury about the outfits he was compelled to wear as a child, saying he would love to ask his mother why she chose them.
The two young boys were regularly photographed in an array of elaborate and old-fashioned clothes, often matching. “ I genuinely think that she got satisfaction out of dressing myself and William up in the most bizarre outfits,” he said.
“Normally matching. It was weird shorts and, like, little sort of shiny shoes with the old clip on. Looking back at the photos it just makes me laugh. “I just think ‘how could you do that to us’.”
One by one, he said, the Princess began to rebel, with William first refusing to match his brother and then Harry taking a stand.
“So I like to think that she had great fun in dressing us up,” he said. “I’m sure that wasn’t it, but I sure as hell am going to dress my kids up the same way.”
A Normal Life
iana, her sons said, tried valiantly to teach them about a normal life, despite the privileges of their upbringing.
“She made the decision that no matter what, despite all the difficulties of growing up in that limelight and on that stage, she was going to ensure that both of us had as normal life as possible,” said Prince Harry.
“And if that means taking us for a burger every now and then, or sneaking us into the cinema, or driving through the country lanes with the roof down of her old-school BMW listening to Enya I think it was...All of that was part of her being a mum”.
Diana, the Prankster
If she strove for a normal life, Diana’s love of pranks was anything but ordinary.
Described as a “total kid through and through” by Prince Harry, the late princess’, she attempted to embarrass her sons at every opportunity, from sending rude cards to them at school to roping in supermodels to help her.
rince William told how he once returned home, aged 12 or 13, to find pin-ups Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell waiting for him at the top of the stairs.
“I went bright red and didn’t quite know what to say and sort of fumbled, and I think I pretty much fell down the stairs on the way up,” he said “I was completely and utterly sort of awestruck. But that was a very funny memory. That’s lived with me forever.”
At other time, he said, she would post him “the rudest cards you can imagine” to boarding school, leaving him in fear of being spotted by a teacher.
Prince Harry recalled how she would smuggle sweets into their socks when she came to watch them playing football, saying they would walk back to their tuck box with their clothes “bulging” with treats.
If she worried about her sons following in her footsteps, it appears she did not show it.
Prince Harry said: “One of her mottos to me was: ‘you can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught’.
If she excelled as a mother, Diana would have been an “absolute nightmare” as a grandmother, Prince William joked, as he discloses how he tries to keep her memory alive.
aying he is “constantly” mentioning “Granny Diana” at home, he has also mounted more photographs so that Prince George and Princess Charlotte learn about her.
“It’s hard because obviously Catherine didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that level of detail,” he said.
“So I do regularly put George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers - there were two grandmothers - in their lives.”
Asked how she would be like had she lived to enjoy the next stage of her family life, he added: “She’d be a nightmare grandmother, absolute nightmare. She’d love the children to bits, but she’d be an absolute nightmare.
“She’d come and go and she’d come in probably at bath time, cause an amazing amount of scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place and then leave.
“I want to make as much time and effort with Charlotte and George as I can because I realise that these early years particularly are crucial for children, and having seen, you know, what she did for us.”
Diana’s death, Prince William said, was like an “earthquake”, running through their lives with such shockwaves that it took a while to sink in.
“There’s not many days that go by that I don’t think of her, you know - sometimes sad, sometimes very positively,” he said.
“You know, I have a smile every now and again when someone says something and I think that’s exactly what she would have said, or she would have enjoyed that comment.
“So they always live with you people you lose like that. And my mother lives with me every day.”
rince Harry acknowledge it “has been hard and it will continue to be hard”, added: “There’s not a day that William and I don’t wish that she was still around, and we wonder what kind of a mother she would be now, and what kind of a public role she would have, and what a difference she would be making. “You know, and of course as a son I would say this, she was the best mum in the world.”
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