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9 Beautiful Things the Royal Family Said About Princess Diana (PHOTOS)

Celebrities Amy Goldman Nov 25, 2015

Kate Middleton Prince WilliamIn the years since Princess Diana's tragic death, the royal family has said some incredibly moving things in her memory. People all over the world admired Diana for her beauty, her grace, and her strength. She worked tirelessly to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. She supported the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. She was a humanitarian, a role model, and, most of all, a loving mother. It's no wonder the royal family still praises Diana today.

Keep reading for some of the most touching comments from Prince Harry, Prince William, and Queen Elizabeth about Princess Diana. If you adore her as much as we do, you're sure to get a little misty-eyed after reading these.

 

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1The Queen Remembers Diana

Queen Elizabeth II addressed the nation after Diana's tragic accident and spoke of Diana's legacy. "She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her - for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys."

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2Mother's Day

Prince William gave a moving speech at an event for a charity Mother’s Day campaign. "Never being able to say the word 'Mummy' again in your life sounds like a small thing. However, for many, including me, it is now really just a word -- hollow and evoking only memories," said William. He then made an especially poignant admission: "I can therefore wholeheartedly relate to the Mother's Day campaign, as I too have felt and still feel the emptiness on such a day as Mother's Day." 

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3Diana's Wish for Her Sons

In a 2007 interview with Matt Lauer, Harry and William were asked if they thought they were leading normal lives as Diana had wished. Harry replied: "I think she'd be happy in the way that we're going about it but slightly unhappy about the way the other people were going about it, as in saying, 'Look you're not normal so stop trying' to be normal,' which is very much what we get a lot." Hinting at the impact the loss of his mother had made on their lives, Harry continued, "Within our private life and within certain other parts of our life we want to be as normal as possible. And yes it's hard -- 'cause to a certain respect we never will be normal."

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4Continuing Diana's Legacy

Harry made a touching confession when he shared that his late mother inspired his extensive charity work. "It's something that our mother did a lot of and that's the time that you really get to learn, you get the experiences and you actually get the honest truth out of people," he said.

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5Harry Misses Diana

When discussing the royal wedding between William and Kate, Harry opened up about his mother’s absence. "No, of course it was [hard]," he said. "You know, she -- I think she had the best seat in the house, probably. But yeah, she would have loved to have been there." Harry then commented on how Diana would have felt about William's bride, saying, "She would have loved Kate." 

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6William Remembers Diana at his Wedding

William also confessed that the wedding was especially emotional without Diana there. "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 would have loved the day and I think hopefully she'd be very proud of us both for the day." William made another heartbreaking statement: "I'm just very sad that she's never going to get a chance to meet Kate."

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7Diana's Memorial Service

At the memorial service honoring Diana on the tenth anniversary of her death, Harry delivered an emotional speech about the role she had in her son’s lives. "She was our guardian, friend and protector. She never once allowed her unfaltering love for us to go unspoken or undemonstrated. She will always be remembered for her amazing public work. But behind the media glare, to us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world."

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Don't mind us, we'll just be going through an entire box of tissues.)

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8William Proposes with Diana's Ring

When it was revealed that William proposed to Kate with Diana's engagement ring, William was asked about the significance behind the gesture. "It's very special to me,” William explained. He added, "It's my way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement and the fact we are going to spend the rest of our lives together."

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9Following in His Mother's Footsteps

Diana's legacy of philanthropy still inspires her sons today. Harry has worked extensively to help orphaned children in Lesotho through his charity Sentebale. He said of the time he spent there, "It was sort of based on what my mother was doing and I want to carry that on."

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