Princes William and Harry feel they let mom Princess Diana down: ‘We couldn’t protect her’

As the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death nears, her sons Princes William and Harry are opening up in a new BBC documentary, titled Diana, about the days surrounding their mother's passing. The brothers were only 15 ad 12 when the Princess of Wales was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.

“Part of the reason why Harry and I want to do this is because we feel we owe it to her,” the Duke of Cambridge, 34, said in the 90-minute film. “I think an element of it is feeling like we let her down when we were younger. 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.”

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VER GALERÍA Prince William and Prince Harry opened up about their mother's death in a new BBC documentary Photo:  Anwar Hussein/WireImage

Harry, 32, noted, "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."

VER GALERÍA The royal brothers feel like they let their mother down Photo: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

Meghan Markle’s boyfriend admitted that the “outpouring of emotion an love” following his mother’s passing was “quite shocking.” He added, “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.”

VER GALERÍA Harry admitted he was shocked by the outpouring of emotion after his mom's death Photo: Anwar Hussein/WireImage

A BBC spokesperson said the documentary "will tell the inside story of the tumultuous and unprecedented week that followed the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and explore how she came to have such an extraordinary effect on the nation and people around the world.” It will also include interviews with close friends, political figures and journalists, many of them speaking for the first time about the events of that week in August 1997.

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