If you were fortunate enough while growing up to know your grandparents, then your memories of them are probably of people who loved you unconditionally. Your grandparents were the ones who spoiled you with presents and love. But sadly, Prince George and Princess Charlotte don’t have these firsthand memories of their grandmother, Princess of Wales, Diana.
In a recent documentary on HBO in the U.S, Prince William and Prince Harry open up about their mother and celebrities like Elton John. They share their memories of her life that was cut way too short.
In Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, Prince William discusses how important it is for him and his wife, Catherine, to create memories of Diana for their two young children, George, four, and Charlotte, two. William said he is “constantly talking about Granny Diana.”
“We’ve got more photos up ’round the house now of her, and we talk about her a bit and stuff,” he added.
“It’s hard because obviously Catherine didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that — that level of detail,” he said. “So, I do regularly, putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in their lives, and so it’s important that they know who she was and that she existed.”
Prince William also believes that she would’ve been an awesome grandmother:
“She’d be a nightmare grandmother, absolute nightmare,” he joked. “She’d love the children to bits, but she’d be an absolute nightmare. She’d come and go and she’d come in probably at bath time, cause an amazing amount of scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place and — and then leave.”
Despite the teasing, he admits that his mother was a wonderful example to him how to raise his children: “I want to make as much time and effort with Charlotte and George as I can because I realize that these early years particularly are crucial for children, and having seen, you know, what she did for us,” he said.
Seriously though, we appreciate the boys for their willingness to open up about the loss of their mother in a public way. Twenty years after, the impact of Diana’s death still leaves a massive chasm in their lives. We are sure that if she was alive today, she would be the most wonderful grandmother.
Give your granny or grandpa a hug if they’re still with you.