20 years on, world's still fascinated by life & death of Princess Diana
Twenty years ago, on 31 August, the world woke to the shocking news that Diana, Princess of Wales, had been killed in a car crash.
LONDON - Twenty years ago, on 31 August, the world woke to the shocking news that Diana, Princess of Wales, had been killed in a car crash.
Conspiracy theories still abound about the incident and the world continues to be fascinated by her life and death.
At the gates of Kensington Palace in London, hundreds of floral tributes have been laid in her memory.
Prince William was 15 and Prince Harry just 12 when their mother Diana died in Paris in 1997.
The Duke and Prince Harry are grateful for the many flowers, letters and messages they have received about their Mother. pic.twitter.com/pOAtvsOE4q— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) August 30, 2017
On Wednesday, on the eve of the 20th anniversary, they visited one of the four memorials to her in London.
The White Garden at their mother’s former home was inspired by memories of her life, style and image.
The Princess also met representatives from the charities supported by Diana, including a specialist hospital for children in London, the National Aids Trust, a youth homelessness charity and the Leprosy Mission.
TRH meet representatives from the charities who had The Princess as Patron, to hear about the impact of her work. pic.twitter.com/xjt8MyATZj— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) August 30, 2017
The princes have also been increasingly willing to speak about the trauma of her death and its lasting impact.
“I’m glad that they’ve finally loosened up a little bit to talk about her and how really hard it was for them,” Purinton said of the princes. “I think they were ‘stiff upper lip’ for so long and now they’re able to talk about it, which I think helps other people if they’re grieving.”
Diana’s death in a Paris underpass sparked an outpouring of grief that stunned many Britons, with thousands of mourners descending on the palace to leave flowers and letters to pay tribute to a woman who had become a global fashion icon and charity campaigner.
Additional reporting by Reuters.
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)