Prince William: Diana would have loved Catherine
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chat with Prince Harry before a luncheon as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
May 30th, 2012
01:25 PM ET

Prince William: Diana would have loved Catherine

Prince William knows there's a lot of speculation about when he'll be adding a new member to the royal family, and he made it clear he's excited for the day it happens.

But William, the Duke of Cambridge, said in an interview with Katie Couric on ABC that he still hasn't gotten used to all the media attention devoted to tracking his plans for a family with his wife, Catherine.

"It is quite strange reading about it, but I try not to let it bother me,” he said. “I’m just very keen to have a family, and both Catherine and I, you know, are looking forward to having a family in the future.”

So did he have any news on that front to share?

“You won’t get anything out of me. Tight-lipped,” William quipped.

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The interview was part of ABC's coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. In the interview, William and his brother, Prince Harry, spoke frankly about last year's royal wedding, their relationship with their grandmother and how they miss their mother, Princess Diana.

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The Duke of Cambridge said he was nervous before the wedding but also extremely excited to make Catherine a permanent part of his life. Harry cracked jokes with him before the ceremony to try to ease his nerves.

"Honestly, it was one of those days where you feel very elated. Also completely terrified," William said. "I have to be honest, the prospect of the billions of people watching was quite daunting."

William said he particularly missed his mother as he said his vows to Catherine at Westminster Abbey, where Diana's funeral had taken place nearly 15 years earlier.

"It was very difficult. I sort of prepared myself beforehand so that I was sort of mentally prepared. ... I didn't want any wobbly lips or anything going on," he said. "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. I'm just very sad that she's never going to get a chance to meet Kate."

Harry said he knows how hard it was on the family for his mother not to be present.

"I think she had the best seat in the house, probably," he said. "But yeah, she would have loved to have been there; she would have loved Kate."

William credits so much of who he is today, and even the kind of person he will be, to Diana.

“She played a huge part in my life and Harry’s growing up, how we saw things and how we experienced things," he said. "She very much wanted to take us away from the sort of royal aspect of life and get us to see the rawness of real life. And I can't thank her enough for that because reality bites, in a big way. And it was one of the biggest lessons just how lucky so many of us are.”

As his grandmother celebrates the milestone of 60 years on the throne, William said he only hopes he can measure up to what she has done for the United Kingdom.

“Hopefully, I can try and do her some kind of justice,” he said. “She set an incredible example for me, for others, to follow. Her incredible leadership, her duty, her sacrifice. She was a young woman in a man’s world, carving her own way through life.”

William said that Queen Elizabeth, in private, is a good listener but generally lets her grandchildren make their own decisions. He recalled his frustration during wedding planning when he was handed a guest list of 777 people, none of whom he said he knew. Upset that family and friends weren't on the list, he called in the queen for backup.

"She said, 'Don’t be ridiculous. Get rid of the list and start with your friends,' ” the Duke of Cambridge recalled.

Harry said that he calls the queen "Granny" and can't imagine calling her "Her Majesty."

But he also said his experience in the military has made him respect her on a different level.

“Once you’re in the military, she means a lot more to you than just a grandmother. She is the queen," Harry told ABC. "And then you suddenly, it’s like (you) start realizing, you know, wow, this is quite a big deal.”

Harry said that he has the utmost respect for his grandmother, who he believes has helped the monarchy keep up with changing times.

And the prince, who has spent a good deal of time in combat and military service, said he is looking forward to a future that involves a family just like his older brother.

“I’ve longed for kids since I was very, very young," he said. "And so ... I’m waiting to find the right person, someone who’s willing to take on the job.”

soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. ronvan

    Except for those FEW morons posts I TOTALLY agree that these are some "down to earth" royals that represent the past and future! Both boys – young men carry themselves well and display a true sence of life while putting up with NO privacy!

    May 31, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • LJTurner

      I totally agree; they are both amazing young men and I'm sure their mother would be bursting with pride.

      June 4, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Coolius Unroolius

    Britain would have a stronger national ethos if the gutless population would have risen up and actually overthrown their monarchy with a revolution. Britishers are essentially children that still suck up to the "Royals."

    May 31, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. szark

    Diana is DEAD. NO ONE knows what she would have thought. Get a life!

    May 31, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • t

      I know. I speak to her spirit all the time.

      May 31, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • mebar

      You are kind of morbid. Hopefully you are talking about others posting on this article that are making assumptions about what Diana would think/feel. However, there was enough publicity and interviews in Diana's time to make us feel as if we knew her. Of course her boys know – she was her mother. Why do you care anyways?

      June 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ted Striker

    Everyone loves Kate, she's awesome (and freakin hot too lol)

    May 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Frank

    Where is all this talk about drugs? There are pretty of natural diseases that can cause this behaviour and don't involve drugs.

    May 31, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. gondolin

    These two young men represent their country very well. Best wishes to both of them.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. gramma nance

    I especially enjoyed reading that the 'boys' give so much credit to their Mother! It shows what a tremendous influence she was on both of them. Good job diana!

    May 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Harpman

    Who would not love Kate. Beautiful face, beautiful figure, beautiful personality. But I detest the fact that hard working coal miners and other Brits work long hours to support the royal family in royal splendor. Prince Anne has never lifted a finger to help Britain but lives on her multi million dollar estate with her stable of horse, all at the expense of the taxpayers.

    May 31, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jamesdean

    So much fuss is made about there royals. But what do they actually do for their country. Go on trips and live the sweet life. Would they have actually been where they are now if they had been born commoners? Maybe, maybe not. They just live in this aura of fame that is not even their doing. They are celebrated everyday, but really there are other topics that deserve more attention.

    May 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. realnews

    Seriously? this is news? i couldn't careless what a dead person would have thought. People need to be stop worshiping the royal family. The royal family is pathetic. It is just a symbol with absolutely no power. I couldn't careless who the prince is marring. How could CNN put this kinda article next to news like "kids shot, axed to death in Syria"? I wanna to see news not gossip. This article should be on TMZ or people, not here. Articles like this, about the royal family, should not even be written to begin with. Pathetic

    June 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lollia

      Simple really, you should not have clicked on it to read if it gets you so upset.

      June 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      Why read about them, then? Seems like a lesson in futility.

      June 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Riche

    Wow! She is cute. Lucky, this du have her every night.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Lucifer

    Wow mr and mrs Gotha look absolutlely stunning... Uhhh yeah right. The solar prince is balding faster then his big eared Vlad the impaler obsessed father. News Flash CNN these "royals" are not "royal" in the slightest, Regina knows it as well.

    June 4, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Lucifer

    All I have to say is good for Diana, finding better genes from a different suitor and created Harry. It's okay Diana, just like Charles had his way with your sisters before taking you as his 'virgin' bride. You are allowed to play too, after all it's what's being pumped out by the almighty TV backed by the almighty greenback (fiat) dollar as the idea for the new family... Open marriages for everyone, enjoy. PS last pope is here, maybe it's about time eggs Benny started telling people the truth about the doctrine of reincarnation, but that will never happen they (your owners) are too busy pushing the Lucifer doctrine, and you are too stupid to realize it.

    June 4, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. BlameMe

    Johnny Rotten shoulda been there....

    June 4, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jason

    If anyone really knows this or not, but the so called "Queen" killed Diana..The "Queen" is the mother in law from hell.

    June 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • martymcmann

      Well please lead us to your facts of this? You are speculating (assuming) and everyone knows it. You know what they say when you assume something, right? If you think for one minute those two boys haven't heard these rumors a thousand times then you are very mistaken and obviously they have great reason to not believe it. But hey , we will all listen to you because geez, Jason has to be right...

      June 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
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