It’s been 25 years since Princess Diana’s death shocked the world and on the somber anniversary, Prince William and his brother Prince Harry won’t mourn their mother’s death together.
The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex lost their mother at a young age and have carried that scar and pain in their hearts for years. Prince Harry has since moved to the US with his wife, Meghan Markle while Prince William continues to live in England. The brothers will not be mourning the loss of their mother together this year, reported New York Post.
NOV1996 1996 – Princess Diana at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)
In 2017, Prince William and Prince Harry publicly mourned the death of their mother on her 20th death anniversary. The pair laid flowers at Kensington Place her former home in 2017 followed by a visit to the White Garden, which was planted in her memory. The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex said at the time that it was the last time they would publicly mourn her death together. Placing flowers at Kensington Place has been a tradition for those wishing to pay tribute to the late Princess. Crowds are expected to place their tributes including flowers and cards at Kensington Place this year as well.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, live with their children in California. Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced that they will be moving to a new home Adelaide Cottage in Windsor. Prince Harry confirmed he wouldn’t be mourning the loss of his mother along with his brother this year. “I want it to be a day filled with memories of her incredible work and love for the way she did it,” he said at a private charity dinner. “I want it to be a day to share the spirit of my mum with my family, with my children, who I wish could have met her. Every day, I hope to do her proud.” Harry and Meghan plan to fly to the UK in the first week of September and will stay at Frogmore Cottage but are not expected to spend time with the royal family.
British Royal Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997), wearing a blue jacket over a black dress, with Eton housemaster Dr Andrew Gailey, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles outside Manor House on Prince William’s first day at Eton College in Eton, Berkshire, England, 6th September 1995. (Photo by Princess Diana Archive/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Earlier this year, Prince Harry participated in the annual Sentebale Polo Cup to help raise funds for a charitable cause. The money raised will help kids in Southern Africa affected by poverty, inequality, HIV/AIDS, and, recently, COVID-19. Speaking at the event, he recalled his mother’s own efforts to support and destigmatize those experiencing HIV/AIDS. “Fittingly, her favorite flowers were forget-me-nots,” said Prince Harry translating the word “Sentebale,” which means “forget-me-not” in the language of the Basotho, reported Harpers Bazaar. “I hope we can remember my mother’s legacy by recommitting to those that we serve, whoever and wherever they may be. For Sentebale, our commitment is to ending HIV and providing meaningful care and support for the children and young people whose lives have been affected by this disease. Because they, too, will never be forgotten.”
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 01: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (left) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex look at a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, on what would have been her 60th birthday on July 1, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Lord John Stevens said William and Harry were heartbroken and angry after learning of their mother’s death. “I outlined what the conclusions were for about 10 or 15 minutes, and then the rest of the time was them asking me questions, which you’d expect because they didn’t know the circumstances of their mother’s death, where, when she’d died, what did she say and, beyond that, I don’t want to declare what the conversations were,” he said, reported Woman and Home. “What they were angry about, they declared it publicly was the paparazzi who they thought were very much behind what had taken place by chasing the car and making the car or inducing the car to go at 75 miles an hour. They weren’t too happy about that, I can tell you,” he added.
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 20: Photographs of Princes William and Harry and Princess Diana are displayed on a desk used by Princess Diana in Kensington Palace at the Royal Gifts exhibition at this year’s Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace on July 20, 2017, in London, England. The exhibition features gifts to the Queen during her 65-year reign and runs from 22 July to 1 October 2017. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)