Katie Couric managed to score one of the biggest “gets” for a journalist – she got exclusive interviews with Prince William and Prince Harry, both promoting their grandmother’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, which begin this coming weekend. I think the full ABC interview comes out tonight? Damn, I’ll have to remember to watch it. Anyway, People Magazine just got another excerpt from the interview – William talking about his mother, and how his wedding was “the one time since she’s died where I’ve . . . thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here, and just how sad really for her, more than anything, not being able to see it.” Here’s more:
Despite the overabundance of dignitaries in attendance on his 2011 wedding day to Kate Middleton, there was one person missing, though very much on Prince William’s mind: his mother, Princess Diana.
“Very difficult” is how the prince recalls her absence that day, as he reveals during an ABC interview airing Tuesday night, as part of The Jubilee Queen with Katie Couric.
“I sort of prepared myself beforehand so that I was sort of mentally prepared … I didn’t want any wobbly lips or anything going on,” says William, 29. “It’s the one time since she’s died, where I’ve … thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here, and just how sad really for her, more than anything, not being able to see it.”
Diana was killed in a Paris car crash in August 1997, when William was 15.
“I think she … she would have loved the day and I think, hopefully, she’d be very proud,” he tells Couric. “I’m just very sad that she’s never going to get a chance to meet Kate.”
Prince Harry, 27, also gets a chance to remark on his brother’s wedding day and what it would have meant to their mother.
“I think she had the best seat in the house, probably,” says Harry. “But yeah, she would have loved to have been there.”
God, that is super-sad to think about. Diana would have loved to see William’s wedding. She would have had a lot to say about the planning of the wedding, and I think she would have had a lot to say about Kate Middleton too. We’ve played this “What if, what if” game before, to mixed results, though. I still think that had Diana lived and seen her boys grow into adult men, the women that Harry and William choose as girlfriends and wives would be a lot different.
Here are some of released videos we have of the Couric interviews. I enjoy the American tendency to completely overlook Prince Charles. Like, people (specifically Americans) act like William is going to inherit the throne after the Queen. Which won’t happen.
And here’s some video of Harry’s interview (I think Harry’s got the sexier voice, right?):
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