Royals 13 Times Princess Diana Said Exactly What Every Mother Is Thinking Revisiting Princess Diana's thoughts on motherhood and the lessons she wanted to pass down to her sons Prince William and Prince Harry By Erin Hill Erin Hill Twitter Senior News Editor, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 1, 2018 02:00PM EDT Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 13 Tim Graham/Getty "I don't go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head." 02 of 13 Tim Graham/Getty Images "I will fight for my children on any level so they can reach their potential as human beings, and in their public duties." 03 of 13 Georges De Keerle/Getty Images "A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's." 04 of 13 PA IMAGES "Family is the most important thing in the world." 05 of 13 Georges De Keerle/Getty Images "I live for my sons. I would be lost without them." 06 of 13 The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry/PA "Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children." 07 of 13 Tim Graham/Getty Images "I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress and their hopes and dreams." 08 of 13 Julian Parker/UK Press/Getty "I don't want expensive gifts; I don't want to be bought. I have everything I want. I just want someone to be there for me, to make me feel safe and secure." 09 of 13 The Duke of Cambridge/Prince Harry/PA "Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back." 10 of 13 Julian Parker/UK Press/Getty Images "I wish all the mothers, fathers and children out there realize how much I need them and how much I value their support." 11 of 13 A.G. Carrick/Diana Memorial Fund/Getty "If you find someone you love in life, you must hang onto it, and look after it, and if you were lucky enough to find someone who loved you, then you must protect it." 12 of 13 Julian Parker/UK Press/Getty "Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves." 13 of 13 Princess Diana and Prince Harry. Tim Graham/Getty "Don't call me an icon. I'm just a mother trying to help."