The 1 Word Prince William and Prince Harry Use to Describe Princess Diana

Prince William and Prince Harry lost their mother, Princess Diana, far too soon. The boys were barely teenagers when Diana was killed in a tragic car accident, and they’ve since spent their lives doing their best to continue her legacy. They have plenty of fond memories with their mother, but there is one word that always comes to mind when the boys describe her personality.

Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry
Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry in 1993. | Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images

Harry and William were staying with their grandmother when Diana died

When Queen Elizabeth first received the news of Diana’s passing, she didn’t tell William and Harry right away. The boys were staying up at Balmoral, Queen Elizabeth’s estate in Scotland. They were on summer vacation, and since the accident happened so late, the two were already in bed. The queen reportedly wanted her grandsons to have one last good night’s sleep, since she knew their lives were about to be forever changed.

The queen took extra steps to ensure that her grandsons could grieve on their own; she supposedly had all televisions and radios removed from the house, so the boys wouldn’t hear or see their mother’s death in the media.

The men have always regretted their last phone conversation with her

When Harry and William spoke about their mother in 2017 (20 years after her death), they both shared the same regret: They had wished their last conversation with their mom had been longer. “I can’t necessarily remember what I said, but all I do remember is regretting for the rest of my life how short the phone call was,” Harry told ITV.  “If I’d known what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been quite so blasé about it,” William added. “That phone call sticks in my mind quite heavily.”

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Following in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana, this morning The Duke of Sussex visited a de-mining site in Dirico, Angola, to raise awareness of the danger and prevalence of landmines that still exists today. The Duke joined @thehalotrust in their work to help clear the area to enable safe access for the local community. • “If an international ban on mines can be secured it means, looking far ahead, that the world may be a safer place for this generation's grandchildren.” – Princess Diana, 1997 Today in Angola The Duke of Sussex will retrace his mother’s steps to see the legacy of her work and how her connection with this community helped make the elimination of landmines a reality. In 1997 Diana Princess of Wales visited Huambo to bring global attention to the crisis of landmines and the people whose lives were being destroyed. Two decades later, the area has transformed from desolate and unhabitable to lively and vibrant, with colleges, schools and small businesses. The Duke is humbled to be visiting a place and a community that was so special to his mother, and to recognise her tireless mission as an advocate for all those she felt needed her voice the most, even if the issue was not universally popular. Princess Diana’s visit helped change the course of history, and directly led to the Convention against Anti-Personal Landmines, also known as the Ottawa Treaty. Today, with the support of @thehalotrust, Angola now has a stated aim under the Treaty to be clear of known mines by 2025. Despite great progress, 60 million people worldwide still live in fear of landmines every day. During his visit today, The Duke will walk along the street which was once the minefield where his mother was famously pictured. #RoyalVisitAfrica #RoyalVisitAngola Photo©️PA

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Prince Harry and Prince William have done their best to follow in their mother’s footsteps.

The brothers have always described their mother as a ‘kid’

William and Harry fondly recall their mother’s personality as one of the most memorable things about her. They have frequently described her lighthearted sense of humor, and Harry referred to her as a “kid” because she loved to make her boys laugh. “When everybody says to me, you know, so she was fun, give us an example… All I can hear is her laugh in my head,” Harry said. “And that sort of crazy laugh of where there was just pure happiness shown on her face.”

William once recalled when Diana arranged for his favorite supermodels to greet him after school one day. Though William was embarrassed at the time, he said that today, it’s a testament to her sense of humor.

The two have worked hard to continue her legacy

Though William and Harry have had a hard time digesting their mother’s passing and still work through it today, they’ve learned to continue her legacy in the best way they can. The men’s wives, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, often honor Diana by wearing her jewelry. Harry and Meghan recently took a trip to Southern Africa, where Harry walked along the same mine field that his mother brought awareness to so many years ago. Diana will always be missed, but it’s certain that she’d be proud of who her sons have become today.