Prince William on Diana: “We couldn’t protect her. We feel we at least owe her 20 years on to stand up for her name”

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry open up about the death of their mother in a new BBC documentary about Princess Diana

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Prince William the Duke of Cambridge has made an extraordinary heartfelt tribute to his late mother Diana in a new BBC documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of her death.

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Speaking on camera he says: “Part of the reason why Harry and I want to do this is because we feel we owe it to her …I think an element of it is feeling like we let her down when we were younger. We couldn’t protect her. We feel we at least owe her 20 years on to stand up for her name and remind everybody of the character and person that she was. Do our duties as sons in protecting her.”

The 90-minute BBC1 documentary, simply called Diana, tells the story of the tumultuous week that followed Diana’s death as well as featuring interviews with both her sons also includes contributions from close family friends and political figures of the time.

Prince Harry says: “When she died there was such an outpour of emotion and love which was quite, which was shocking.  It was beautiful at the same time, and it was amazing, now looking back at it, it was amazing that our mother had such a huge effect on so many people. When you’re that young and something like that happens to you I think it’s lodged in here, there, wherever – in your heart, in your head and it stays there for a very very long time.  I think it’s never going to be easy for the two of us to talk about our mother, but 20 years on seems like a good time to remind people of the difference that she made not just to the Royal Family but also to the World.”

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The documentary was part of a raft of new factual programmes unveiled tonight by Alison Kirkham, controller of BBC factual including Earth from Space, The Makeover Show with Claudia Winkleman and Miriam Margolyes’ Great American Adventure.