William And Harry Remember Princess Diana In Moving Tribute On Anniversary Of Her Death

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Twenty one years after her death, Princess Diana is still one of the most beloved and admired women in the world; remembered for her extensive charity work and commitment to good causes.

And to the mark the 21st anniversary of her death in a Paris car crash, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex will be spending time quietly reflecting on the memory of their iconic mother.

Kensington Palace have not published any engagements for August 31 for the princes, or their wives the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex.

This indicates the royals will be mourning the late Princess of Wales in private, although their plans have not been specified.

According to the Daily Express, a Kensington Palace spokesperson said:

There is no official engagement planned and we don’t have a comment on what the family would be doing.

Diana, Princess of Wales, died after a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris at the age of 36.

A style icon whose personal and marital difficulties resonated with many people, many of those who met Diana in person spoke fondly of her warmth, humour and kindness.

She was committed to numerous causes throughout her short life, including AIDS, leprosy, cancer and the abolition of landmines.

According to The Telegraph, Prince William spoke candidly about his grief after becoming Royal Patron of the Child Bereavement Charity back in 2009:

I took on this role because I know what it is like to lose someone you love so much,

Losing a child or being a child when your parent dies is the awful reality for over 23,000 families in Britain every year.

Initially, there is a sense of profound shock and disbelief that this could ever happen to you. Real grief often does not hit home until much later.

He added:

For many it is a grief never entirely lost. Life is altered as you know it, and not a day goes past without you thinking about the one you have lost.

However, I also know that over time it is possible to learn to live with what has happened and, with the passing of years, to retain or rediscover cherished memories.

Prince Harry has also previously spoken about his loss. Talking with Good Morning America back in 2016, he said:

We will do everything we can to make sure that she’s never forgotten and carry on all the special gifts, as such, that she had and that she portrayed while she was alive.

He added:

I hope that a lot of my mother’s talents are shown in a lot of the work that I do.

Meanwhile, fans of the late princess have taken to social media to pay their respects to a deeply caring and compassionate woman, who used her fame and popularity to shed light on important issues.

The Terrence Higgins Trust tweeted:

Today marks 21 years since the tragic loss of Princess Diana. She did so much to challenge perceptions of HIV and tackle stigma through her kindness and compassion, her hugs and hand holding.

She stepped up when very few others did. She is dearly missed but her legacy lives on.

The British Red Cross tweeted:

21 years after her death, we remember Princess Diana’s humanitarian work with the Red Cross both at home and abroad.

Our thoughts are with the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex as they remember their late mother.

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