Though Princess Diana isn't around to watch Prince Harry's drama with the royals unfold, a friend of the late activist shared that she would support whatever Harry, or his older brother, Prince William, wanted to do.
"She loved her boys," the pal stated, "and would want them to be very happy."
In Harry and Meghan Markle's shocking sit-down, host Oprah Winfrey asked the father-of-one what he thinks his late mother would think of his decision to step down from the royal family.
"I think she would feel very angry with how this has panned out and very sad, but ultimately, all she'd ever want is for us to be happy. I think she saw it coming. I certainly felt her presence throughout this whole process," he admitted. "I'm just really relieved and happy to be sitting here, talking to you with my wife by my side because I can't begin to imagine what it must've been like for [my mother] going through this process by herself all those years ago."
Harry noted one of the reasons they left the U.K. was that they were constantly barraged by the media — an experience Diana was all too familiar with. The mother-of-two passed away in a 1997 car accident, and some blamed the paparazzi for the crash as they caused a frenzy wherever she went.
Harry pointed out that since Meghan started receiving the same chaotic attention, he felt the need to get out of the country.
"What I was seeing was history repeating itself, but … far more dangerous, because then you add race in, and you add social media in," he explained. "And when I talk about history repeating itself, I'm talking about my mother."
He also admitted that if it weren't for the inheritance he received from Diana — which is rumored to be slightly under $14 million — he and Meghan "would not have been able" to move to America to raise their 22-month-old son, Archie. "I had to afford security for us," he said, noting the royal family cut him off financially.
Diana's pal talked to PEOPLE.