Touching photos show her real life as a mom — Princess Diana

Touching photos show her real life as a mom — Princess Diana

Such is the plethora of commoners who have married into the House of Windsor - Princess Anne's daughter Zara Phillips married England rugby player Mike Tindall and her son Peter Phillips wed a Canadian student - that the idea of an English royal marrying a European prince or princess now seems an unbelievable fairy tale. "[I] just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in their lives, and so it's important that they know who she was and that she existed". "That sort of crazy laugh of where there was just pure happiness shown on her face".

While her public persona is well known, the princes recently opened up for the first time about what Diana was really like, sharing some of their memories of her as a mom for HBO's new documentary, "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy".

- On her wedding: "The night before the wedding I was very, very calm, deathly calm".

In the 1990s Diana often appeared in power suits and more casual outfits for her charity work. In June 1997, on one of her last public engagements, she visited the Royal Albert Hall for a Swan Lake performance dressed in a low-cut ice-blue pencil mini dress by French designer Jacques Azagury. She pursued - and was pursued by - the celebrity-obsessed media. The outfit was dubbed the "Elvis dress" because it reminded many of Elvis Presley.

From frilly frocks to power suits, much of what Princess Diana wore has become the byword for the lavish extravagance of the '80s.

Dozens of well-wishers again paid their respects outside the palace as the princes laid some bouquets on behalf of people in the crowd.

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- On post-natal depression: "I was unwell with post-natal depression, which no one ever discusses, post-natal depression, you have to read about it afterwards, and that in itself was a bit of a difficult time". Diana had been riding in a Mercedes with Harrods heir Dodi al Fayed, driver Henri Paul and bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones.

"To be honest I thought she would live", he said.

After touring the garden, the princes met representatives from causes Diana had supported, including Great Ormond Street Hospital, the National Aids Trust and The Leprosy Mission. The garden has been transformed into a White Garden dedicated in the memory of Princess Diana, mother of The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The silk taffeta gown with a 25-foot train by David and Elizabeth Emanuel featured romantic billowing sleeves, bows, lace and 10,000 mother-of-pearl sequins.

"This is the first time that the two of us have ever spoken about her as a mother", Harry said in the doc. "She was one of the naughtiest parents". I could see she had a slight injury to her right shoulder but, other than that, there was nothing significant. She was 36 years old.

"Then suddenly she's snapped away; if I can put it (this way), all of us lost somebody". And of course, as a son I would say this, she was the best mum in the world.

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