DIANA: PRINCESS, ICON, MUM

Townsville Bulletin - - WORLD -

TO the pub­lic, Diana played many roles from the “Peo­ple’s Princess” to style icon and tire­less char­ity cham­pion. But to her sons she was sim­ply a lov­ing mum with a great sense of fun and ad­ven­ture, or as Harry suc­cinctly puts it: “A to­tal kid, through and through”.

Had she lived, she would now be mis­chievous “Granny Diana” to Wil­liam’s chil­dren, Ge­orge and Char­lotte.

In a doc­u­men­tary called Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Le­gacy, timed to co­in­cide with the 20th an­niver­sary of Diana’s death in a Paris car crash on August 31, 1997, Harry warmly re­calls how much Diana val­ued the chance to escape the lime­light and just spend time with her two boys.

“My mother cher­ished those mo­ments of pri­vacy and be­ing able to be that mother rather than the Princess of Wales,” he said.

One of their favourite haunts was Thorpe Park re­sort in Sur­rey, where they and their mother gig­gled help­lessly as they were fa­mously drenched, ca­reer­ing down the Log­ger’s Leap wa­ter flume in 1993 ( inset).i )

Harry rel­ishes those pri­vate mo­ments of fun: “If that means tak­ing us for a burger ev­ery now and then or sneak­ing us into the cinema, driv­ing through the coun­try lanes with the roof down, lis­ten­ing to Enya, I think it was – a blast from the past! – all of that was part of her be­ing a mum. Our mother was a to­tal kid through-and-through. All I can hear is her laugh in my head. And that sort of crazy laugh where there was just pure hap­pi­ness on her face.”

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