Princess Diana privately recorded some audio messages for her two sons, Prince Harry and Prince William, before her untimely death in 1997, a friend of the late princess revealed.
“As incredible as it seems, Diana knew she was going to die young. She was very attuned to the spirit world and psychic events. She told me she made the tapes for the day she wouldn’t be around to help guide her boys," the pal, who chose to remain anonymous, shared, OK! magazine reported.
“The princess got the idea while taping memoirs to help Andrew Morton write his book Diana – Her True Story. Even after the book was published, she continued talking into her little Sony cassette recorder, off-and-on, right up until the time she was so horribly killed," the friend continued. “She asked for the tapes to be played at key points in her sons’ future. That way, she could continue to be a part of their lives even after she was gone. She thought it quite clever – and loved the idea of being what she called ‘a nagging mum from beyond the grave.’ She found it quite amusing."
The friend first heard about the tapes when she went for tea at Diana's Kensington Palace apartment. At the time, she was unhappily married to Prince Charles. “She’d just finished making a tape a few minutes before I arrived and was quite pleased with the results. Diana was so delighted she played it for me and told me all about the other recordings she’d made," the insider shared. “This particular one was for William’s future wife. He was about 13 or 14 at the time, just discovering girls. Diana was fascinated by the idea that he’d marry and one day have children of his own. She was certain he’d be a wonderful husband and warm and caring father – more like her than his own dad, who was rather cold and aloof."
Since Diana was going through some marriage troubles, “she wanted William and his bride to avoid the pitfalls that doomed her marriage and the marriage of her parents," the friend revealed. "She knew how hard it was to grow up in a broken home – and felt guilty her own children were going to be forced to deal with that pain. She told me the tapes were her way of coping with an uncertain future and unburdening her soul."
“The recording I heard didn’t last long. Perhaps two minutes. Maybe three. What struck me was her honesty. She was so sincere. You could hear it in her voice. She spoke straight from her heart," they confessed. “It was so very moving, I remember bits of it quite well even after all this time. I was surprised she actually played it for me. And when it was done, we talked about the kind of girl William would marry. She thought his bride would be beautiful, smart and independent. And, amazingly, she was right. Kate is all that and more."
The mom-of-two even spoke to William's future wife — he married Kate Middleton in 2011 — and gave her some advice, in addition to talking about his childhood and saying she always wanted a daughter. “I’m not certain how many recordings Diana made or exactly who was finally entrusted with delivering her messages to William and Harry. But I believe Kate has heard this tape," the pal said. "I suspect she’s been privy to others as well since she frequently talks in public and in private about her special bond with Diana. William’s mother remains a constant source of inspiration in their lives – and their children will truly be Diana’s legacy of love.”