7 DaysDVD - 2017
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My heart goes out to all the people who have lost all their loved ones in the world. You know, it does connect you. It's a very sad club... you don't want to be a member of. But you do have a shared... a shared sort of pain that you can immediately understand and see in anyone when you meet them.
Talking about the loss of parents or children is one of the last great taboos. But poignantly, in the years before she died, Diana became one of the first public figures to engage with these issues when one of her best friends launched a bereavement charity.
I was so young, I grew up sort of thinking that not having a mum was normal. I think it was a classic case of, "Don't let yourself think about your mum and the grief and the hurt that comes with it, because it's never gonna bring her back, and it's only gonna make you more sad. People deal with grief in different ways... and my way of dealing with it was... was by just basically shutting it out, locking it out. The ten years that I was in the army, I just sort of dug my head in the sand and was just... it was just white noise.
If you are the Princess of Wales and you're a mother, I don't believe being chased by 30 guys on motorbikes who block your path, who spit at you, who shout at you, and who react really badly to get a reaction from you, um, and make a woman cry in public to get the photographs, I don't believe that is appropriate. I sadly remember, most of the time that she ever cried about anything was to do with press intrusion.
It was very, very strange, after her death, you know, the... sort of the outpouring of love and emotion, from so many people that had never even met her. And there was William and I walking around Kensington Palace Gardens here, and the sea of flowers all the way from the Palace gates, all the way back to Kensington High Street. And I was thinking to myself, how is it that so many people that never met this woman... my mother... can be crying and showing more emotion than I actually am feeling?
Prince William was 15 years old when his mother died. Prince Harry was only 12. You know, losing someone so close to you is utterly devastating, especially at that age.
The strangest thing was the thousands of people, hundreds of thousands of people, that spontaneously gathered in central London. I've never seen anything like it, and I don't expect to see anything like it. People wanted to actually physically be near her. And I think that was because her humanity spoke to their humanity, regardless of... of the difference in class, the difference in life experience. They saw something of themselves in her.
There's not many days that go by that I don't think of her. Her 20th anniversary year feels like a good time to remember, you know, all the good things about her, and, hopefully, provide maybe a different side to her that others haven't seen before.
I think she would be proud that Harry and I have managed to come through everything that's happened, having lost her. And that gives me positivity and strength to know that I can face anything the world can throw at me.
There's not a day that William and I don't wish that she was... we 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.
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