Princess Diana 'would have been the best grandmother ever', reveals her brother Charles
Charles Spencer said one of the biggest tragedies of Princess Diana's death was the fact she never got to experience being a grandmother.
Her brother, who has been one of most vocal supporters since her death in 1997, features in a new series by People and ABC, airing on US television. In it, he said he admires the way Prince Harry and Prince William handle their private lives in such a public forum, adding their mother would be proud of them.
"One of the great tragedies is that Diana would have been the best grandmother ever," he said of his disappointment she was never able to meet Princess Charlotte and Prince George.
"I love seeing the sort of uncomplicated way that they [William and Harry] deal with people, and put them at their ease. It’s so easy to connect the dots between them and their mother."
"What’s amazing to me is the passing of time. Now William and Catherine [Middleton] are nearly the same age as Diana when she died."
Last month, William joked she would have been a "nightmare grandmother", adding he keeps her memory alive with his children. "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 … scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place, and then leave," he told ITV.
"We've got more photos up 'round the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff," he said. "It's hard because obviously Catherine didn't know her, so she cannot really provide that level of detail.
"So, I do regularly, putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try to remind them that there are two grandmothers - there were two grandmothers - in their lives. It's important that they know who she was and that she existed."
Meanwhile, Charles credits Diana wit the positive influence on her sons and those around her before her 1997 death when she was just 36 years old.
"I love the fact that there’s still such veneration inside her immediate family for what she was, and what she meant. I think that’s fantastic," he added.
In the run-up to Diana's 20th anniversary, an influx of new information has come about her private life; including the airing of the controversial 'Diana Tapes', private recorded conservations with her former voice coach which were subsequently sold to Channel 4 for a special documentary, which aired last week. But her brother is fighting for her to be remembered as a force for good in history.
"One of the reasons I wanted to talk now is because I think after 20 years, someone shifts from being a contemporary person to a person of history actually. And Diana deserves a place in history.
"I think that it’s important for people who are under 35, who probably won’t remember her at all, to remember that this is a special person, not just a beautiful one."