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Princess Diana's Most Cherished Role: Mum

How the world’s most watched woman raised 2 great young men

This is the fifth installment in a series of photos and videos remembering Princess Diana as we approach the 20th anniversary of her shocking death on Aug. 31, 1997. Please share your thoughts and memories of Diana in our Icons community forum.

Princess Diana loved nothing more than being a mother. She was an informal and happy mum who, as Prince William says in a new documentary about her legacy, “understood there was life outside of the palace walls.” 

In nearly every photo with her beloved sons, William and Harry, we see her cuddling them, touching them and being active with them. “She smothered us with love, that’s for sure,” Prince Harry says in the documentary. Had she lived, she would still be doting on them and on her grandchildren, Charlotte and George. 

Diana wanted her boys, born two years apart, to have a real life (along with the royal one), so they ate at McDonald's, rode the London Underground and went on vacations to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Disney World in Orlando.   

She wanted more children. While touring a hospital once, she was asked if she would like a daughter. “Yes, I would love one," she replied. "I wonder if the world is ready for another me.”

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