Prince Harry Says He & William Wouldn't Be Estranged If Princess Diana Were Alive

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Prince Harry doesn't think his relationship with brother Prince William would be as broken as it is today if their mother, Princess Diana, were alive.

The Duke of Sussex sat down for a conversation with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday's episode of The Late Show, upon the release of his highly anticipated memoir, Spare.

"If your mother were still alive, do you ever think about how she might handle this moment?" Colbert asked Harry, referring to his estrangement from the Prince of Wales.

"We wouldn't have got to this moment," Harry replied. "It's impossible to say where we would be now—where those relationships would be now—but there is no way that the distance between my brother and I would be the same."

london, england july 01 prince william, duke of cambridge left and prince harry, duke of sussex unveil a statue they commissioned of their mother diana, princess of wales, in the sunken garden at kensington palace, on what would have been her 60th birthday on july 1, 2021 in london, england today would have been the 60th birthday of princess diana, who died in 1997 at a ceremony here today, her sons prince william and prince harry, the duke of cambridge and the duke of sussex respectively, will unveil a statue in her memory photo by dominic lipinski wpa poolgetty images
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Colbert then asked Harry if he ever calls upon his mother for help or thinks of the advice she would have given him.

"I've said quite a lot recently in different interviews that I've really felt the presence of my mom, especially in the last couple of years. And I detail in the book my brother and I talking at her grave and how he felt as though she had been with him for a long period of time and helped set him up with life and that he felt she was now moving over to me," Harry said.

The prince notes in his memoir that he has felt his mother's presence more than ever since he married Meghan Markle and left the monarchy, and it has reassured him that he's on the right track. He even compares his wife to his mother, saying Duchess Meghan shares the late princess' "compassion," "empathy, " "warmth," and "confidence."

In Spare, Harry also writes in length about how difficult it was to cope with his mother's death, and how for years, he tricked himself into thinking she was not actually gone, but had instead gone into hiding to protect herself. And to get closure on her passing—which took place when he was just 12—he drove through the same tunnel where she died.

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