Prince William’s candid interview
Losing his mom at 15, life was never the same for Prince William. The royal has always expressed his wish to carry out causes the way his late mother Princess Diana did, but he has never been so candid in an interview. Speaking with the men’s magazine, GQ, Prince William describes in detail about his mother almost 20 years after her death.
It was a day no one would forget. The world lost it’s princess and life for a young boy would never be the same.
On August 31st, 1997, Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris trying to avoid paparazzi. The world mourned the princess, while two young boys mourned their mum. It was one of the saddest days in their life. 20 years later, they remember her and get candid about their feelings and have even opened their hearts on how they have coped on losing their mother at such a young age. To the world she was the “people’s princess” but to William and Harry she was simply mum, and 20 years later, she is still missed.
Prince Harry recently opened up about his feelings on losing his mum in a short video to promote his charity, with William and his wife Catherine, Heads Together, about how he has never talked about losing his mum at such a young age. He has also stated that he found there was no point in bringing up the past, he sad, if it is not going to bring her back, and found that bottling up his emotions could be damaging. With the help of his brother, he has since been able to talk more about his late mum through the work of the charity and a good support system.
Prince William, on the other hand, spoke more candidly about his late mum that he loved very much in an interview to the magazine GQ. Nearly 20 years after losing his mum, Prince William states that he would have loved to have her advice and for her to have met Catherine and their children. He states, “I would like to have had her advice. I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up, it makes me sad that she won’t, that they will never know her.”
Due to the publicity and wide attention of Diana’s death, it was harder for William to open up about his mother. When you have the eyes of the world watching you and wanting to hear what you have to say it can be quite pressuring, in William’s case, he was simply a young teenager who lost his mum and needed time alone. 20 years later he is no longer being as quiet about the subject as he just spoke to the magazine candidly, but he does not fail to state how much he still and will always miss her.
William also admitted that it has taken him so long to open up because of the timing although he is being candid, he stills find it a difficult subject. He goes on to say “I am in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly. It has taken me almost 20 years to get to that stage. I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw. And also it is not like most people’s grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her.”
Besides talking about his mum, he also goes on to talk about his children, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte, and how he wants them to see the world, rather than see it behind palace walls. He does not want them to grow up behind the closed doors of the palace, but rather in the open so that they can see and be aware of what goes on and to live a normal life as possible.
“I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there,” he goes on to say. “The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life.” A big change from his upbringing that was shrouded in royal protocol, and constant media hounding, but a better one for not just his children, but himself as well.