Prince William and Prince Harry Explain the Last Phone Call They Had with Princess Diana

Princess Diana died in a tragic car accident while in Paris, France, on August 31, 1997. Her untimely death came as a shock to the royal family and to the world.

Her sons, Princes William and Harry, were 15 and 12 years old respectively when they lost their mother. Now, more than 20 years later, the princes have opened up about the last phone call they had with their mother.

Princess Diana’s fatal car accident

At the time of her death, Princess Diana had been vacationing with her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, in Paris, France.

They left their hotel and got into an awaiting Mercedes S280 driven by Henri Paul. Fayed and Princess Diana were in the car along with their bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones. In the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, Paul lost control of the Mercedes and crashed.

Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed in back seat with Trevor Rees-Jones and Henri Paul.
Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed (both partially visible in back seat), bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones (front, left) and driver Henri Paul, in their Mercedes-Benz S280, shortly before the fatal crash which killed Diana, Fayed, and Paul, Paris, 31st August 1997.| Jacques Langevin/ via Getty Images

The accident killed Paul and Fayed while Princess Diana and Rees-Jones were taken to a hospital. Princess Diana died but Rees-Jones survived.

Where were Prince William and Prince Harry when their mother died?

Princess Diana’s sons were on vacation in Scotland when she passed away, according to Reader’s Digest.

Last phone call with Princess Diana

The boys were vacationing in Scotland while their mom spent time in France with Fayed. Even though they were in two different countries, Princess Diana spoke with her children on the phone. At the time of their phone call, Prince Harry and Prince William recalled being very excited about playing with their cousins.

“Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know, ‘see you later,’” Prince William said in the documentary film, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.

Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry the month before she died.
Mohammed Al Fayed (far left) and Princess Diana, are seen in St Tropez with Prince William and Prince Harry in the summer of 1997, shortly before Diana and Dodi were killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997. |Michel Dufour/WireImage

Had he known the fate of his mother, the phone call would’ve gone very differently, Prince William said. “If I’d known now what was going to happen, I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it,” Prince William said in an interview for the film. “But that phone call sticks in my mind quite heavily.”

And for Prince Harry, the last phone call with his mother is something he still grapples with today. “Looking back on it now, it’s incredibly hard. I’ll have to sort of deal with that for the rest of my life,” Prince Harry said. “How differently that conversation could have panned out if I’d had even the slightest inkling her life was going to be taken that night.”

Prince William tells his kids about ‘Granny Diana’

While their mother has been gone since 1997, the boys keep her in their thoughts. One of the many ways they do that is by talking about her with family. Prince William talks about his mother with his own children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — at bedtime, calling her “Granny Diana.”

Princess Diana, Prince Harry, and Prince William.
Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry Visit The ‘Thorpe Park’ Amusement Park
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While Prince Harry doesn’t have children of his own quite yet, his wife, Meghan Markle is due any day now with their first child, he’s been keeping his mother’s memory alive in other ways. For instance, Prince Harry proposed to Markle with a ring made up of two diamonds from his mother’s personal collection and a stone he sourced from Botswana.