Prince William and Harry ‘drew the line’ at public tributes to Princess Diana in 2007

Prince William and Harry ‘drew the line’ at public tributes to Princess Diana in 2007

Today is the 26th anniversary of death, who sadly died at the age of 36 in Paris in 1997.

Grant Harrold, who spent seven years working for King Charles when he was the Prince of Wales, spoke out about his recollections of the King, , and .

The butler explained why the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex did not release a joint statement on the 25th anniversary of their mother’s death last year.

Mr Harrold said: “I was 18 when she died. I remember it so clearly. I couldn’t sleep and it was five in the morning when I heard she had died.

“I remember the 10th anniversary of her death as it was when I was working for the King. There was a big party to mark her anniversary.

“William and Harry were working on that, and they said that it would be the last time they would publicly do something to remember her death.

“The first couple of years after she died, there were tributes to remember her. But that’s when they drew the line. Every now and then, they do share a story.

“But as far as remembering her on her anniversary goes, that is now done privately. And they said that would be the case in 2007.”

Mr Harrold shared his standout memories of the late Princess of Wales: “Well, I was lucky enough to go on the Britannia when I was working with the King.

“I remember that iconic image of Diana and her boys. I was based at Highgrove, and there are images of her in the sundial garden and it’s still there to this day.

“I remember looking at it and thinking, ‘Wow she sat there’, So, although I never met her or knew her, I still felt connected to her.

“I joined seven years after she died. Seven years is a long time, but in the grand scheme of things, it actually isn’t, and when I joined it was as if she was still very much there.”

Mr Harrold explained what William and Harry were like growing up: “I mainly worked with them when they were approaching their late teenage years and twenties.

“I liked the way they got on with each other. They were always having fun together and having banter. They played practical jokes and wound each other up, but it was harmless.

“They were best friends and they had the same friends, too. You’d see them in the pubs together. It was a great time for them. I remember going to the pub to meet them once.

“When I arrived, they called my name, I turned around and they were behind me. They were both very sociable boys. And that’s what’s so sad about it now, how they’ve gone from best of friends to non-existent really.

“They have become so distant. I know quite a few of Harry’s friends, who don’t hear from him at all now either.”

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Author: Shirley