Twenty-five years ago, on August 31, 1997, Princess Diana died in a traffic accident in Paris. His two sons William and Harry will celebrate this painful memory from afar and in private.
In the cold, Prince William and Harry marked this Wednesday, August 31, privately and thousands of miles away, on the 25the anniversary of the death of their mother Diana, who shook the planet and shook the British monarchy.
“Lady Di”, whose fairy-tale wedding and then divorce with Prince Charles captivated the world, died in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997, being chased by paparazzi. Her two sons, aged 15 and 12, moved millions as they walked side by side behind her coffin, holding back tears in front of the cameras.
Five years ago, for 20e anniversary of her death, William and Harry attended public memorials and spoke about their mother. Nothing will happen this year.
According to Daily Telegraph, the two brothers “decided to draw a line under their public celebrations”, the spokesmen of the two princes confirming that each of them will mark the event in private. William, 40, left London this summer to move with his wife Kate and their three children to Windsor, west of the capital and where Queen Elizabeth II also lives. His younger brother Harry, 37, lives in California with his wife Meghan and their two children after the couple decided to leave the royal family in 2020.
The death of an icon
As every year, spectators should go and lay flowers in front of Kensington Palace in London or near the entrance to the tunnel in Paris where the princess died at the age of 36. The Princess of Wales remains a icon who rocked the royal conventions and he is still associated with the humanitarian causes he loves such as his fight for landmines and his support for AIDS patients.
According to Joe Little, at Majesty’s Magazine, Diana’s legacy can be seen in the less formal way William and Harry behave today in relation to the rest of the royal family. “There is a lot more expression of emotions,” he explained, taking the example of Prince William kissing the female Euro-winning footballers this summer. “William sees that there is no need for so many formalities as what existed at the age of his father”, added the specialist.
Harry, who admitted his mother’s death had taken a toll on his psychological health, said he would spend the day with family. “Every day I hope to make him proud,” he said last week in the United States at a dinner for an association for patients with AIDS. “I want this to be a day full of memories of his incredible work and passion.”
The fight between two brothers
In 2021, the two cold brothers find themselves unveiling a statue of their mother in front of Kensington Palace, but they barely speak to each other. Then they claimed to remember “his love, his strength and his personality, the qualities that made him a force for good in the whole world”. The two brothers have since had no sign of reconciliation.
During celebrations for Elizabeth II’s 70th reign in June, Harry and William were separated during a church service. Harry and Meghan have accused the royal family of racism, saying they were asked about their unborn child’s skin color because Meghan is of a different race. What William denied in front of the cameras. Any reconciliation is suspended on the content of a book of trusts that Harry is due to publish by the end of the year, eagerly anticipated by the press speculating on the possible settlement of accounts and revelations.
Harry and Meghan are expected to return to the UK in September. They will stay in Windsor, Queen Elizabeth II’s estate, near William’s new home. However, according to the British press, the two brothers do not plan to meet.