Prince William and Prince Harry’s Most Heart-Wrenching Quotes About the Late Princess Diana

Always remembered. Prince William and Prince Harry have carried on Princess Diana’s legacy since she tragically died 19 years ago today on August 31, 1997. The royals have stewarded the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and have given back to humanitarian charities like their famous mom once did.

William and Harry were 15 and 12, respectively, when the princess of Wales died at age 36 after sustaining injuries in a car crash. Since then, they’ve fondly looked back at the time they shared with her through the years.

Prince William and Prince Harry
Prince William and Prince Harry on Aug. 5, 2014 in London. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Here, Us Weekly has rounded up some of the most touching, heart-wrenching remarks they’ve made:

“Time makes it easier. … I still miss my mother every day — and it’s 20 years after she died.”

— Prince William, at Keech Hospice Care in Luton, August 2016

“I really regret not ever talking about [her death]. For the first 28 years of my life, I never talked about it.”

Prince Harry, to Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand, July 2016

“I hope she’s looking down, you know, with tears in her eyes, being incredibly proud of what we’ve established, I suppose. I’m sure she’s longing for me to have kids so she can be a grandmother again.”

Prince Harry, on Good Morning America, March 2016

“Initially, there is a sense of profound shock and disbelief that this could ever happen to you. Real grief often does not hit home until much later. For many it is a grief never entirely lost. Life is altered as you know it, and not a day goes past without you thinking about the one you have lost. I know that over time it is possible to learn to live with what has happened and, with the passing of years, to retain or rediscover cherished memories.”

— Prince William, to the Daily Mail, January 2014

Princess Diana, Prince Harry and Prince William
Princess Diana, Prince Harry and Prince William in September 1995. Anwar Hussein/WireImage

“What my mother recognized back then — and what I understand now — is that grief is the most painful experience that any child or parent can endure. As a father to two young children myself, I now appreciate it all the more.”

— Prince William, at the Child Bereavement U.K. gala, October 2015

“I knew there would always be a gaping hole that could never be filled. The children at the center were far younger than me, and of course, their situation was a great deal more challenging than my own. Nonetheless, we shared a similar feeling of loss, having a loved one — in my case a parent — snatched away so suddenly.”

— Prince Harry, at Africa’s Mamohato Children’s Centre, November 2015

“We will do everything we can to make sure that she’s never forgotten and carry on all the special gifts, as such, that she had and that she portrayed while she was alive. I hope that a lot of my mother’s talents are shown in a lot of the work that I do.”

— Prince Harry, on Good Morning America, March 2016

Watch Princes William and Harry speak more about Princess Diana in the video above.

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