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.

Prince Harry and Prince William lay flowers at the White Garden at the gates of Kensington Palace. Picture: Facebook.com.

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.

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.

PAYING TRIBUTE

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)