When Britain’s Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997, it was a major news story. Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, in 1981 received saturation coverage on television around the world and their marriage was subsequently fodder for the tabloid press. But Diana was also someone whose personality and charitable activities had won her countless admirers. So for the world at large, her death was a huge shock. But for William and Harry, only 15 and 12 years old at the time, it was a far more personal tragedy: they had just lost their mother.
In the days following Diana’s death, literally a million bouquets were left outside Kensington Palace, her residence in London — the flowers were 5 feet deep in places. In the years since, the palace gate has been a pilgrimage site for people who mourn the princess.
In 2017, a memorial garden was built at Kensington Palace and on the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death, William and Harry were there to pay their respects. In contrast to the commemoration 10 years previously, this one was much more private and low-key. While they were there, William and Harry spoke with representatives of various charities their mother supported, including the National AIDS Trust, the Leprosy Mission, and the English National Ballet. Harry put it best, telling them, “All of us lost somebody.”
As you’ll see in the video posted below, Diana’s sons also placed flowers at the Kensington Palace gate. They took a moment to chat with members of the public who had gathered nearby, accepted several of their bouquets, and took the flowers to the gate.
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