In a wide-ranging interview with Hoda Kotb of NBC’s Today, Prince Harry said he feels like his late mother, Princess Diana, has been with him more in his turbulent past two years than ever before.
“It’s almost as though she’s done her bit with my brother and now she’s very much helping me,” he said. “Got him set up, now she’s helping me set up.”
The Duke of Sussex spoke to Kotb on Wednesday in The Hague, Netherlands, where the Invictus Games just wrapped up after a week of competition. And, while Harry said he doesn’t tell almost three-year-old son Archie “all the stuff that happened,” he does frequently talk about “Grandma Diana,” and shows him photos of her kept in their Montecito home.
“For me, it’s constant,” Harry said of feeling her presence. “It has been over the last two years, more so than ever before.”
The past two years, of course, have included the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s infamous “step back” from being working royals in January 2020, their move to the U.S., the launch of their nonprofit Archewell and commercial deals with the likes of Netflix and Spotify, Meghan’s miscarriage and then pregnancy and birth of daughter Lilibet Diana, the couple’s Oprah interview, grandfather Prince Philip’s death, and the unveiling of a statue in honor of Diana at Kensington Palace alongside estranged brother Prince William—just to name a few of the last two years’ signposts.
“Today, on what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength, and character—qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better,” the brothers said in a statement obtained by Insider at the time. “Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.”
William, of course, also gave his daughter a middle name of his late mother, as well. And Harry said that while his circumstances are “obviously different” from his older brother’s, they’re in a similar position with their children.
“She’s watching over us,” Harry said to Kotb, who replied that she was sure Diana is proud of Harry.
“I’m sure she is,” he replied.
Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the royal editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.
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