Princess Diana tragically died on Aug. 31, 1997, but her spirit lives on through her two sons, Prince Harry and Prince William. So much so that Harry revisited memories of his mother, including her 1995 Panorama interview, in his new Netflix docuseries, “Harry & Meghan.”
In the first episode of the series, which premiered on Dec. 8, Harry opens up about Diana, saying, “I always remember her laugh, her cheeky laugh. Her saying to me: ‘You can get into trouble, just don’t get caught.'” Harry was only 12 years old when his mother died, so he admits that he doesn’t have many “early memories” of her. “The majority of my memories are being swarmed by paparazzi,” he adds in the docuseries. “Rarely would we have a holiday without someone with a camera jumping out of a bush. Within the family, the system, the advice is always ‘don’t react, don’t feed into it.'”
In spite of those sad moments, Harry expressed that his mother’s spirit continues to influence him today. In fact, he partially credits her for his and Markle’s loving romance. “I think for so many people in the [royal] family, especially the men, there can be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit the mold as opposed to somebody who perhaps you are destined to be with,” Harry notes. “[The] difference between making decisions with your head or your heart. My mom certainly made most of her decisions, if not all of them, from her heart. And I am my mother’s son.”
Harry paid tribute to his late mother during his and Markle’s wedding in May 2018. Over the years, the Duke of Sussex has gotten more comfortable talking about his mom and, in turn, given us a glimpse at their unbreakable bond.
See some of their sweetest pictures together ahead.