But that’s exactly what Princess Diana was forced to do in 1995 after she separated from Prince Charles.
The mum-of-two sat down with her eldest son, 13-year-old William, and broke the news to him.
But the way she told him has probably shaped him into the man he is today.
The Duke and Prince Harry are pleased to share three photographs from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales that feature in the new ITV documentary ‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.’ The 90-minute film, made by Oxford Film and Television, celebrates the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales in the 20th anniversary year since her passing. In the documentary, The Duke and Prince Harry recall fond memories from their childhood as they look through photographs in a family album assembled by the late Princess. ‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy’ will air on @itv at 9pm on Monday 24th July.
During a sit-down interview with the BBC’s Martin Bashir in 1995, Princess Diana infamously said, “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”. She also admitted Prince William knew about his father’s affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.
“I told William, ‘If you find someone you love in life, you must hang onto it and look after it,'” she said. “‘And if you are lucky enough to find someone who loves you, then you must protect it.'”
During the interview, the Princess also admitted she didn’t want a divorce but she needed to know where the relationship was heading.
“I don’t want a divorce, but, obviously, we need clarity on a situation that has been of enormous discussion over the last three years,” adding, “I await my husband’s decision of which way we are all going to go.”
After the interview, the Queen sent letters to both Diana and Charles requesting they divorce immediately.
The divorce was finalised on 28 August 1996 and almost one year later Diana was killed in a car accident. This year marks the 21st anniversary of her death.
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