Prince Harry has revealed he hopes his mother Princess Diana is ‘looking down with tears in her eyes’ over her children’s achievements.
The 31-year-old, who served in the British Army as an Apache helicopter pilot before setting up the Invictus Games, admitted he wanted his mother to be ‘proud’ of what he and William had established since her death in 1997.
He also spoke out about his mother’s desire for him to have children, revealing that he ‘adores’ kids and is looking forward to having some of his own.
In an intimate interview, he said: ‘I hope she’s looking down with tears in her eyes, being incredibly proud of what we’ve established.
‘I hope that everything we do privately and officially, that it makes her proud. I think losing your mother at such a young age does end up shaping your life massively.’
The Prince, speaking on Good Morning America, also used the interview to discuss his bachelor status and admitted he ‘can’t wait for the day’ he has his own children following the birth of Prince George and Prince Charlotte.
He said: ‘I can’t wait for the day. So, you know, it will be fantastic.
‘I’ve got a kid inside of me. I want to keep that. I adore kids. I enjoy everything that they bring to the party. They just say what they think.’
He also admitted his mother would be desperate for him to have children, adding: ‘I’m sure she’s longing for me to have kids so she can be a grandmother again.’
For now though, he says he enjoys being the ‘fun uncle’ to his niece and nephew.
‘You’ve got to have fun in life. Otherwise, wow, imagine life without fun,’ Harry said. ‘You’ve got to be taken seriously, but I hope that I’m a fun uncle.’
Prince Harry spoke with Robin Roberts to promote the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style games for injured war veterans, which he will attend in Orlando, Florida this May.
The Prince is a patron of the games and they are close to his heart as a veteran of the British Army
‘We share that uniform. We share the training. We share, in some cases, Afghanistan. It’s very special,’ Harry, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, said of the athletes.
His work with the games is something he hopes honors the memory of his mother, who died in a car accident while being pursued by the paparazzi when Harry was just 12 years old.
The Invictus Games will take place at Walt Disney World, a place where he has an especially fond memory of his mother.
‘It’s one of my very, very happy memories, of going to Disney World with my mum,’ Harry said. ‘I went on ‘Space Mountain’ 14 times. I was like, “This is absolutely fantastic. This is the best thing ever.”‘
Perhaps even more so than his brother, Prince Harry has often been compared to their mother, who had a similarly warm and outgoing personality.
One of the gifts he may have inherited from her is his knack for giving a good hug.
‘Everyone needs a hug now and again and it just so happens that I’ve been told over and over again that I’m very good with hugs,’ Harry said.
Prince Harry also spoke about another inspiring woman in his life – his grandmother. Queen Elizabeth will turn 90 this April, and Prince Harry says he often turns to her for sage advice.
‘Because of my time in the service, [I have] the utmost of respect, not just for her as a grandmother. She was my boss for 10 years and I viewed her very much like that.
‘Now it’s really nice because I can go to her for advice and bend her ear with all the experiences she’s had over the years,’ he said.