Prince William Describes Keeping ‘Granny Diana’ a Part of Family Life—Clip

Archive footage of Prince William discussing how “important” he feels it’s that his kids “know” who Princess Diana was and that she “existed,” has gone viral on social media after followers of the royal uploaded it to TikTok.

William has not often spoken in-depth about his mom, opening up most explicitly in 2017 as a part of documentary movies marking the 20th anniversary of her demise in a 1997 Paris automotive crash on the age of 36.

Filmed as a part of the documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, the clip uploaded to TikTok by person remembering.diana reveals William discussing the methods through which he retains the spirit of his mom alive for his kids, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4 (who was born after the movie was made).

Prince William, Princess Diana and Wales Children
Prince William photographed January 19, 2023. And (inset high) Princess Diana, June 17, 2997. And (inset backside) Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, June 2, 2022.
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“Constantly talking about Granny Diana,” was one of many methods he defined he ensured his kids know their grandmother.

“We’ve got more photos up around the house now of her, and we talk about her a bit and stuff. It’s hard because obviously, Catherine didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that level of detail,” he stated, referring to his spouse, Kate Middleton, who since September 2022 has adopted Diana’s previous title of Princess of Wales.

“So, I do regularly, putting 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, and so it’s important that they know who she was and that she existed,” William stated.

The TikTok clip has been considered over 150,000 occasions as of press time, receiving in extra of 10,000 likes and 300 feedback, a lot of which reward William for his emotional revelation.

“Total Respect to William we All miss Our Queen of Hearts princess Diana,” wrote one person.

“Granny Diana … so beautiful they keep her memory alive,” stated one other, with an additional commenter saying: “As long as we speak about our dearest missing ones, they keep living with us.”

Alongside William, Prince Harry has additionally spoken concerning the significance of retaining his mom’s reminiscence alive for his kids’s profit, exhibiting a scene in his Netflix docuseries, launched in December, of his son Archie being held as much as see {a photograph} of the princess on the wall of their California mansion.

Speaking about Diana in 2022, Harry stated: “I certainly hope and believe everything I do makes her proud.”

“In the 12 short years I was lucky enough to have with her, I saw and felt the energy and lift she got from helping others, no matter their background, ailment or status. Her life and theirs was better for it, however short theirs or hers was,” he stated. “I honor my mother in everything I do. I am my mother’s son.”

Princess Diana, Prince Harry and Prince William
Princess Diana, Prince Harry and Prince William photographed at Eton College, September 1995.
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At a polo occasion that happened days earlier than the twenty fifth anniversary of Diana’s demise, the prince additionally mentioned his kids and the way he needs they may have identified her personally.

“Next week is the 25th anniversary of my mother’s death, and she most certainly will never be forgotten,” he stated. “I want it to be a day filled with memories of her incredible work and love for the way she did it. I want it to be a day to share the spirit of my mom with my family, with my children, who I wish could have met her.”

Alongside the clip of William, the viral TikTok video additionally options two handwritten messages from Prince George and Princess Charlotte to their grandmother.

These have been posted to Instagram to mark Mother’s Day in 2021 when Britain was dealing with lockdowns owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Mother’s Day will be different once again. Many of us will be apart from our loved ones, but looking forward to a time in the not too distant future when we can give our mother a hug again,” William and Kate’s official Instagram account wrote.

“But for those experiencing bereavement, today may be particularly challenging. Each year on Mother’s Day, George, Charlotte and Louis make cards remembering their Granny, Diana, for William. “Whatever your circumstances, we’re pondering of you this Mother’s Day.”

George’s message learn: “Dear Granny Diana, Happy mother’s day. I love you very much and think of you always, sending lots of love from George.”

“Dear Granny Diana,” wrote Charlotte, “I am thinking of you on Mother’s Day. I love you very much. Papa is missing you. Lots of love, Charlotte.”

James Crawford-Smith is Newsweek’s royal reporter primarily based in London. You can discover him on Twitter at @jrcrawfordsmith and skim his tales on Newsweek’s The Royals Facebook web page.

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