Princes William and Harry released new photos from their mom's private collection as part of a tribute to Princess Diana on the 20th anniversary of her death.
August 31, 2017, will mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's tragic death in a car accident in a Paris tunnel. As a continuing tribute to their late mother, this past weekend Princes William and Harry released five photos from her personal collection via the Kensington Royal Twitter account.
The Duke and Prince Harry are pleased to share 3 photographs from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. pic.twitter.com/mUhzQB08TV
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 23, 2017
The first three photos shared picture Diana in a pink sweater, pregnant with Harry, holding William; brothers William and Harry together on a picnic bench; and Diana with Harry on a beach.
The Duke and Prince Harry are pleased to share two more family photographs from the late Diana, Princess of Wales' personal photo album. pic.twitter.com/sup8MGbNfD
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 24, 2017
The next two photos show the royal brothers dressed up like British police officers and Princess Diana holding baby Harry on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Prince William took the photo of his mom and brother.
The tweeted photos coincided with the opening of a new exhibit at Buckingham Palace that features more family photos in a display, much of which sits on top of the desk Princess Diana used at Kensington Palace. Also included are some of her prized belongings, like her ballet shoes and a collection of cassette tapes (including albums from Elton John and George Michael). The exhibit closes October 1.
An HBO documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, which aired last night, also commemorated the late princess, who was only 36 years old when she died. In the film, William and Harry shared memories of their mother. "Our mother was a total kid through and through," Harry said. "When everybody says to me you know, 'So she was fun? Give us an example,' all I can hear is her laugh in my head, and that sort of crazy laugh of where there was just pure happiness shown on her face."
"One of her mottos to me was, 'You can be as naughty as you want, just don't get caught,'" he added. "She was one of the naughtiest parents."
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William was only 15 and Harry 12 when Diana died, and in the documentary the brothers also both expressed regret that they rushed their last phone call with their mother. Prince William said they had been "running around, minding our own business, playing with our cousins and having a very good time" and were in a rush to say "goodbye, see you later, can I go off?"
While we understand the princes' regret, we hope they also know they were just kids being kids, and that their mom likely didn't feel the least bit slighted. Based on the new family photos being shared, it's clear the bond between mother and sons was strong.