Monday 9 December 2019

Prince William's big regret is 'that Diana will never meet Kate'

Tony Jones in London

Britain's Prince William has revealed that one of his regrets is that his mother, Princess Diana, will never meet his wife, Kate Middleton.

Diana was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997, four years before William met Kate at St Andrew's University.

The couple wed during a glittering ceremony at Westminster Abbey last year and William said it was difficult getting married without his mother with him.

William said: "I'm just very sad that she's never going to get a chance to meet Kate."

His poignant tribute to Diana was echoed by his brother, Prince Harry, who described her as having the "best seat in the house" during the wedding service.

William and Harry's comments came in an interview with ABC News broadcaster Katie Couric ahead of this weekend's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Speaking about marrying his bride without his mother being present, William said: "It was very difficult."

He added: "I was sort of mentally prepared so I didn't want any wobbly lips or anything going on.

"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. Because I think she, she would have loved the day and I think, hopefully, she'd be very proud of us both for the day."

Harry joked and looked at ease during the royal wedding, watched by an estimated global television audience of billions, but admitted he had the jitters.

He said: "I was massively nervous. Everybody was nervous. And the whole thing was a bit of a blur to be honest."

Asked if it was difficult not having Diana with them, he replied: "Of course it was."

He added: "You know, I think she had . . . the best seat in the house probably, but yeah, she would have loved to have been there."

Irish Independent

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