"You Don't Even Know Her!": Prince William And Prince Harry Could Not Understand Why People Grieved So Much For Princess Diana
September 24, 2018 14:57 By Fabiosa
Prince William was only 15 when his mother passed away, whereas his brother, Harry, was just 12. While they dealt with their own grief and pain, there were a lot of things they could not really understand back then.
"They didn't even know her"
Last year, on the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, William and Harry opened up about the challenges of grieving in the public eye. The Duke of Cambridge revealed that at the time, he was very surprised at the pain and anguish the public seemed to feel over his mother's death.gettyimages
You didn't even know her, why and how are you so upset? They were shouting and literally wailing at us. Throwing flowers, yelling, sobbing, breaking down, people fainted, collapsed.
However, as time went on, William came to realize how much his mother meant to the world.
He spoke about this while being interviewed as part of a BBC documentary titled Diana, 7 Days, which was based on how the family reacted in the days following her tragic death.
Prince Harry also felt the same way about the public's feelings of devastation. He said that at the time, he could not cry.
Whatever happened then has changed me in that sense.
Speaking about his experience during the funeral procession, the Duke of Sussex said:
The way that people were grabbing us and pulling us into their arms…I don’t blame anybody for that, of course, I don’t, but it was those moments that were quite shocking.
Prince William revealed that after his mother's death, he wished his royal status would disappear so he could focus on making her proud. Dealing with the death of a parent at 15 was traumatic, he said, but he then decided that instead of allowing it to break him, he would use the experience as motivation.
Dealing with the grief
Prince Harry also revealed, during an interview with The Telegraph's Bryony Gordon's Mad World podcast, that he shut down emotionally after his mother died.
He told the host that he needed mental health counseling as he struggled for years with the fact that Diana was gone.
I can safely say that losing my mom at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well.
Despite their pain, the boys have dedicated themselves to honor their mom's legacy through their charity and philanthropic works.