Prince Harry made this revelation while appearing in his new AppleTV+ docuseries The Me You Can't See.
It goes without saying that for every parent the first words of their child are of immense importance. Even for Prince Harry, when his son Archie first spoke it was a sentimental moment. Appearing in his new AppleTV+ docuseries The Me You Can't See, the Duke of Sussex recalled that "grandma" was one of the first words his little 2-year-old son had said, which was an endearing nod to the late Princess Diana.
In the due course of the series, hosted and co-created by Oprah Winfrey, the 36-year-old shared that he and his wife Meghan Markle have hung a picture of his late mother, who tragically passed away in a car crash in 1997, in Archie's nursery. "I got a photo of her in his nursery, and it was one of the first words that he said — apart from 'mama,' 'papa,' it was then 'grandma'. Grandma Diana. It's the sweetest thing, but at the same time, it makes me really sad because she should be here," said Harry baring his soul to Oprah.
Earlier this year, Harry proudly told James Cordan that Archie's first word was "crocodile," pointing at the fact that it had "three syllables." However, it was the word "grandma," that hit the Prince hard. In the fifth episode of the American documentary series on mental health, the proud father can be seen swinging on a hanging bench alongside his son, reports PEOPLE. Prince Harry, who lost his mother at the tender age of 12, also goes on to reflect on the barrage of emotions he felt after losing Diana. "I wish she could've met Meghan," expressed the father-of-one who is expecting a baby girl with his wife later this summer. "I wish she was around for Archie."
While Harry regrets the fact that his mother is no longer alive to see his beautiful family, he believes that Diana would have been proud of the man he turned out to be and for the life he had created for his family. "Yeah, I have no doubt that my mom would be incredibly proud of me. I'm living the life that she wanted to live for herself, living the life that she wanted us to be able to live," he shared. "So not only do I know that she's incredibly proud of me, but that she's helped me get here. And I've never felt her presence more as I have done over the last year," added Harry.
Although it's been years since Princess Diana passed away, she remains alive in the memories of Prince Harry who has made her a huge part of his life. While proposing to Meghan, Prince Harry presented her with a ring that had two diamonds from Princess Diana's brooch. He also included her on the most important day in his life- his wedding. Harry reportedly picked out Princess Diana's favorite flowers, forget-me-nots, from a private garden at Kensington Palace to be included in the bouquet of flowers that his wife held during the ceremony, according to Bustle.
"The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle's bouquet to honor the memory of the late Princess on this special day," read a statement from Kensington Palace. He was also very "keen to involve his mother's family in his wedding," and thus all the siblings of Diana were invited. The late Princess's older sister Lady Jane Fellowes even gave a reading at the wedding ceremony. Harry continues their mother's charity work and is raising awareness about issues like HIV, homelessness, and mental health.
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