Princes: Diana's Last Call to Us Weighs 'Quite Heavily'

They were in a hurry to get off phone with mom so they could go play
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2017 9:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – Hours before her death in a Paris car crash, Princess Diana called her young sons to say hello, interrupting Princes William and Harry from horsing around with their cousins—a call they quickly ended with no inkling her life was about to be cut short. "Harry and I were just in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know, see you later and we’re going to go off," says William in a new documentary that marks the 20th anniversary of Diana's death. "If I’d known now obviously what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it and everything else. But that phone call sticks in my mind quite, quite heavily." Adds Harry:
"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." Other highlights from "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy," per CNN and the Daily Beast:

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  • Harry: "Our mother was a total kid through and through. All I can hear is her laugh in my head. One of her mottos to me was, 'You can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught.' She was one of the naughtiest parents. She would come and watch us play football and smuggle sweets into our socks."
  • William: "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."
  • William on that time mom surprised him with a bunch of supermodels at the house: "Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell (were) waiting at the top of the stairs. I was probably 12 or 13-year-old boy who had posters of them on his wall. And I went bright red and didn't quite know what to say and sort of fumbled, and I think I pretty much fell down the stairs on the way up."
The documentary is set to air on ITV on Monday. (Read more Prince Harry stories.)

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