Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge say they regret ‘rushed’ final phone call with Princess Diana on the day she died

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The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry said they regret how “desperately rushed” their final phone call with their mother Princess Diana was.

In an ITV documentary marking the 20th anniversary since Diana’s death, the royal brothers said their final conversaton with their mother was a brief phone call on the day she died.

Prince Harry was 12 when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris in August of 1997, while Prince William was 15.

They said they spoke to their mother while they were having a “very good time” with their cousins at Balmoral, the Queen’s home in Scotland, according to the BBC.

“Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know ‘see you later’… if I’d known now obviously what was going to happen, I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it and everything else,” William said.

He added that he remembers what his mother said, but did not speak in detail about the details of the phone call.

However, Harry added: “It was her speaking from Paris, I can’t really necessarily remember what I said but all I do remember is probably regretting for the rest of my life how short the phone call was.”

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The documentary showed Prince Harry and Prince William looking through Diana’s personal album, talking about childhood memories, and speaking about her “fun” parenting – she apparently used to smuggle them sweets.

“Our mother was a total kid through and through,” Prince Harry said. “When everybody says to me ‘so she was fun, give us an example’ all I can hear is her laugh in my head.

He added: “One of her mottos to me was, you know, ‘you can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught.'”

“She was one of the naughtiest parents. She would come and watch us play football and, you know, smuggle sweets into our socks.”

Prince William added that the Princess “loved the rudest cards you could imagine.”

“I would be at school and I’d get a card from my mother. Usually she found something, you know, very embarrassing, you know, a very funny card, and then sort of wrote very nice stuff inside,” he said.

“But I dared not open it in case the teachers or anyone else in the class had seen it.”

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Both Harry and William also spoke about the challenges they have faced since their mother’s death.

“It has been hard and it will continue to be hard, there’s not a day William and I don’t wish that she was still around and we wonder what kind of mother she would be now, and what kind of a public role she would have and what a difference she would be making,” Prince Harry said.

“To myself and William she was just the best mother ever.”

WIlliam added that the prospect of the documentary had initially seemed “quite daunting” but that they had wanted “her legacy to live on in our work and we feel this is an appropriate way of doing that.”

“We won’t be doing this again – we won’t speak as openly or publicly about her again, because we feel hopefully this film will provide the other side from close family friends you might not have heard before, from those who knew her best and from those who want to protect her memory, and want to remind people of the person that she was,” he said.