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July 1 would have been Princess Diana’s 59th birthday, so is obviously a poignant time for her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. While the brother’s currently live far apart and are unlikely to be together during the coronavirus crisis, the brothers will be remembering their mother with their own families.
Last year her eldest son Prince William stepped out of his home at Kensington Palace and thanked well-wishers for their support and commemoration, however due to coronavirus this is unlikely to happen this year.
Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, and event that shook the world, as one of the most-loved members of the Royal family ever.
Known as the People’s Princess, she was known for her humanitarian work and outspoken nature which so many loved.
News of her sudden, senseless death shocked the world.
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Queen Elizabeth II, who was criticised for not immediately responding publicly to Diana’s death, made a televised address from Buckingham Palace on September 5, in which she said: “No one who knew Diana will ever forget her.
“Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her.
“I, for one, believe there are lessons to be drawn from her life and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death.
“I share in your determination to cherish her memory.”
Prince William was only 15 years old when she died, and Prince Harry was only 12 years old.
Her son’s have taken on her charitable streak, having worked for years on their own projects and being patrons and ambassadors for a variety of different causes.
Prince William has frequently and openly spoken about his struggles with mental health, especially in the wake of his mother’s untimely death, and runs his own mental health charity called Heads Up.
He began to struggle after the death of his mother, Princess Diana, describing his loss in a recent documentary as a “pain like no other”.
He also revealed that becoming a father reawakened feelings and traumas he experienced when he suddenly lost his mother.
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He said: “Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is.
Prince Harry has previously said the death of his mother has been “a wound that festers,” and how his life in the media spotlight reminds him “of the bad stuff.”
Speaking ahead of the bombshell ITV documentary of his and his wife Meghan Markle’s South Africa trip in 2019, he said: “I think probably a wound that festers.
“I think being part of this family, in this role, in this job, every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back, so in that respect it’s the worst reminder of her life, as opposed to the best.”
During the documentary he traced his mothers footsteps, walking through a minefield and replicating the famous picture taken of his mother some 20 years earlier.
“Being here now, 22 years later, trying to finish what she started, will be incredibly emotional, but everything that I do reminds me of her,” the duke said in the documentary.
“But as I said, with the role, with the job, and the sort of pressures that come with that, I get reminded of the bad stuff, unfortunately.”
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