When he spoke about his mother's death, Prince William said, "The shock is the biggest thing. I still have shock within me. You know, 20 years later. People go 'shock can't last that long' but it does. You never get over it."
Each year, as the day of August 31 approaches, people are painfully reminded of how Princess Diana was tragically taken away from the world in a horrible car accident. While people all over the world wonder about how she would have carried her legacy forward if she lived on, her two boys, Prince William and Prince Harry remember the loss of their dear mother, a person who can never be replaced in their lives.
Taken away from them when they were too young, Princess Diana's death forced them to deal with pain unlike any other. "I think when you are bereaved at a very young age, anytime really, but particularly at a young age — I can resonate closely to that — you feel pain like no other pain," Prince William shared with BBC’s A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health, as reported by US Weekly.
Twenty years after her death, Prince William and Prince Harry carry with them pieces and memories of their mother and still honor her every year on the anniversary of her death. The brothers meet up over lunch or dinner at Kensington Palace in London and reminisce all the wonderful moments their mother left them with.
"They talk about the little things about Diana that made them laugh: the ski trips and outings to Thorpe Park [a British amusement park]; the effort she went to on their birthdays — all of it," an insider shared, "their other halves and kids join them later." Apart from being the people's princess, she was also an incredible mother who didn't mind breaking the rules of royal parenting to give her sons ordinary, fun-filled experiences outside the palace.
Along with revisiting the countless memories they shared with her, the princes also try to think of new ways to take her legacy forward. They grew up watching Princess Diana connect in a touching way with people and extend her earnest helping hand to those who needed it. "They always discuss Diana’s charity work and brainstorm ways they can continue her legacy," the insider went on to say. "Helping others and being a role model to those less fortunate is at the top of their priority list."
Prince William was just 15 while his younger brother was 12 when they had to attend their mother's funeral in 1997 and be shocked with grief. "The shock is the biggest thing," Prince William said in a BBC documentary, according to Popsugar. "I still have shock within me. You know, 20 years later. People go 'shock can't last that long' but it does. You never get over it. It's such an unbelievably big moment in your life that it never leaves you, you just learn to deal with it."
Now, as they try to follow in her footsteps, they wonder how different their lives would be if she was still around, spreading her infectious energy. "Every day, depending on what I’m doing, I wonder what it would be like if she was here, and what she would say, and how she would be making everybody else laugh," Prince Harry told Good Morning Britain, as reported by HuffPost. "Who knows what the situation would be, what the world would be like, if she were still around."
They are aware of the great influence and impact that their mother had in different corners of the world. And although she's no longer here to see their charitable efforts, the hope is that wherever she is, she would be beaming at her boys with pride. When Prince Harry spoke to Today's Jenna Bush Hager, according to E! Online, he said, "it's a huge shame she's not here, but I hope she'd be incredibly proud of what we managed to achieve."