Prince William has made the sad admission that he and Prince Harry felt they let their mother down for not protecting her.
In an emotional interview for an upcoming BBC documentary about the week that followed Princess Diana’s car crash in 1997, The Duke of Cambridge said he and his brother were finally ready to publically speak about their mother.
‘We feel we owe it to her,’ he commented, before adding: 'I think an element of it is feeling like we let her down when we were younger.'
Even though he was just 15 at the time, and Harry only 12, William continued: '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.'
During the documentary Harry also speaks his shock at the general public’s outpouring of grief following his mother’s death.
'When she died there was such an outpour of emotion and love which was quite, which was shocking,' he said.
'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.'