When Prince William married Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011, millions of viewers around the world—including 1,900 guests—watched the nuptials, which took place at London's Westminster Abbey. Though one guest of honor may have been missing from the crowd, the royal son revealed her presence was very much felt during an interview in an upcoming HBO documentary on the life of Princess Diana, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.
“Beforehand, I had a lot of time to think about it. When it came to the wedding, I did really feel that she was there,” William, 35, says. “You know, there was times when you look to someone or something for strength, and I very much felt she was there for me.”
He continues, revealing he's always thinking of his late mother. “There are not many days that go by that I don’t think of her, you know. Sometimes sad, sometimes very positively. I have a smile every now and again when someone says something, and I think, ‘That’s exactly what she would have said,’ or, ‘She would have enjoyed that comment.’”
During the wedding, there were numerous reminders of Diana. Middleton's stunning diamond and sapphire engagement ring had been given to then-Lady Diana from Prince Charles. Even more noteworthy, both Middleton and the late princess decided to take the word "obey" out of their vows, pledging instead to “love him, comfort him, honor, and keep him.”
Princess Diana tragically died in a car crash on August 31, 1997. William and his brother Harry were just 15 and 12 at the time of her passing, but both speak often of the memories they have of her, and how much they will continue to miss her. “So they always live with you, people you lose, like that,” William continues in the interview. "And my mother lives with me every day. I give thanks that I was lucky enough to be her son and that I got to know her for the 15 years that I did.”