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Monday marks the 23rd anniversary of the death of the much celebrated Diana, who died following a Paris car crash in 1997, with Royal Family fans set to mourn the “People’s Princess”. Among those most likely to remember the icon are Diana’s sons Prince William and Prince Harry, who for the first time since her passing will spend the day on different sides of the world. Usually the two princes join together to discuss their mother and the memories they hold of her, as well as talking about how they can continue to preserve her legacy.
Despite their separation this year, amid reports of a fallout between the siblings, William and Harry will no doubt reflect on their mother and some of the most cherished moments they all shared together.
One memory that could perhaps still frustrate Prince William, however, surrounds the fury he felt after Princess Diana was interviewed in a landmark interview with BBC Panorama’s Martin Bashir.
The interview is seen as one of the most controversial moments in Royal Family history, as it saw Diana unleash a number of private confessions on her time spent within the Firm, the most famous of all being the Princess of Wales’ admission there were “three people” in her marriage to Prince Charles.
But according to expert Katie Nicholl, a young Prince William was infuriated with her mother’s decision to go onto national television and discuss her personal life – and particularly her relationship with his father Charles.
Speaking on Amazon Prime documentary ‘William and Harry: Brothers in Arms’, Ms Nicholl said: “William was exposed to everything from the interview and called his mother in a fury and a rage.”
Ms Nicholl then talked about a discussion she had with Simone Simmons, a close friend of Diana’s, who said that William confessed to his mother “he would never forgive her for what she had done”.
Reliving the encounter, Prince William also discussed his feelings surrounding the interview as part of the BBC documentary ‘Diana 7 Days’, which marked the 20th anniversary of her death.
He said of his mother’s decision to go public: “I can understand – having sometimes been in those situations, you feel incredibly desperate and it is very unfair that things are being said that are untrue.
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“The easiest thing to do is just to say or go to the media yourself. Open that door. [But] once you’ve opened it you can never close it again.”
Charles and Diana would eventually divorce a year after the documentary aired, with Charles later marrying Camilla Parker Bowles years after the princess’ death.
And even though their marriage was plagued with difficulties, the likes of Ms Simmons – who was Diana’s healer – argued their relationship could have survived if they had spent longer getting to know each other.
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She told the Daily Mail last year: “After the divorce Charles got a very good friend in Diana because she understood him.
“Nobody is happy if their other half has affairs, but she loved him with all her heart.
“If they had left it 10 years and then got married, I believe they would be together today.
“They would have had their differences, but I think they may have got back together.”
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