Princess Diana: Commentator says history must not be 'rewritten'
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Royal fans and the Firm alike are readying themselves for Meghan and Prince Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, set to air at the end of the week. A clip from the interview showed Harry making a reference to his late mother, Princess Diana. Sitting next to Meghan, he said: “I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side.
“Because I can’t imagine what it must have been like for her [Diana], going through this process by herself all those years ago.
“It’s been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other.”
Diana passed away in 1997 in a car crash while being chased by paparazzi.
Both Harry and William were forced to grow up without their mother.
Archive reports have revealed just how much Harry and William care about their mother, even from a young age.
According to veteran royal reporter and editor, Robert Jobson, William wanted to make a career out of looking after his mother.
Writing in his 2006 book, William’s Princess, he detailed the young Prince’s job aspirations for later life.
Talking about how Diana relied on William as her confidant and emotional support, Mr Jobson said: “His mother leaned heavily on her eldest son in her times of need – times when William was still just a little boy.
“He also had a natural knack of spotting what Princess Diana needed.
“Whenever Diana felt uncertain, William was there for her.
“He once told her he wanted to be a policeman so he could protect her. Her heart must have ached with love at his earnest words.”
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Two years before Diana passed away, her bombshell BBC Panorama interview was released, in 1995.
She told of Prince Charles’ infidelities, as well as her own love for her horse riding riding instructor, James Hewitt.
In the same book, Mr Jobson talks of William’s “embarrassment” over the interview, which he was told of a day before it aired.
He said: “Diana had paid a surprise visit at Eton the day before the programme was broadcast.
“She wanted to tell him about it before it was screened and, too late to stop it, she was beginning to regret her decision.
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“The next day William was called down to his house master’s study shortly before 8pm, where he watched his mother’s interview in solitude.
“Harry had turned down the chance to join him.
“William watched in dismay as Diana went further than anybody had imagined she would.”
Despite William having bore the weight of his mother and father’s previous public falling-out, Mr Jobson suggested that the interview marked a change in feeling.
He added: “William, her ever-dependable little consort, was mortified and hurt by his mother’s words on Panorama.
“For a while he ignored her, not wanting to continue in his role as her confidant any more.
“But within a few weeks, she was forgiven; his love for her was unconditional.
“He could never forsake her, however much her behaviour made him wince.”
Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, could be handed a range of new roles Meghan and Harry have been stripped of.
Harry will no longer be associated with the Rugby Football League or Rugby Football Union, with reports suggesting William could take on the responsibilities.
Kate is tipped to assume Meghan’s role as National Theatre patron – although Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex are also being considered for the role.
Ahead of the Oprah talk, Harry appeared in an interview with comedian and actor James Corden.
It was here that the Prince said he and Meghan had not walked away from his family in the UK, but were “stepping back rather than stepping down”.
He said his life would always be bound by public service.
William has not yet come forward with any comment about his brother and Meghan.
According to The Sun, he is “in the dark” about the details of the Oprah interview and what the pair have said about life in the Firm.
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