Prince Harry Reveals How He Talks to Archie About ‘Grandma Diana’

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Having a grandparent pass away before their grandchild is even born is really, really tough. That child will never know what their grandparent was really like—unless the parent takes time to really dive into the topic with them.

Princess Diana tragically died in a car crash in 1997. One of her sons, Prince Harry, was just 12 years old at the time. Fast forward 25 years later, the Duke of Sussex now has a son of his own, Archie, who’s 2 years old. He and Meghan Markle also share their daughter, 10-month-old Lilibet.

On a recent episode of TODAY, host Hoda Kotb asked him if he tells Archie about Diana. “Very much so,” he had responded.

Does that mean that he dives into her tragic death? No, but he makes sure that her presence is felt among their home. Harry says he still feels her around him and wants Archie to feel the same. He uses photos of his mother to help with that. “I don’t tell him all the stuff that happened, but certainly, ‘This is Grandma Diana,’ and (I) brought a couple of photos up in the house,” Prince Harry said.

He also mentioned how he feels like Diana helps guide him in his job as a dad and in her own way helps him know what to do in certain situations. “For me, (her presence is) constant,” he said. “It has been over the last two years — more so than ever before.”

Harry’s brother, Prince William, also felt similarly in his early journey to parenthood. The Duke of Cambridge shares Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 4, with Kate Middleton.

“It’s almost as though she’s done her bit with my brother and now she’s very much back to helping me,” Prince Harry said. “Got him set up, now she’s helping me set up. That’s what it feels like, you know? He’s his kids. I’ve got my kids. You know, circumstances are obviously different. But I feel her presence in almost everything that I do now.”

It certainly sounds like she’s watching over her boys and her grandchildren—and with their best guidance, their children will be able to get a feel for who their grandmother was as a person.

If you’ve ever lost a parent and have children, how do you explain who they were to them? Do you ever feel their presence around you the way Prince Harry says he feels his mother?