In the cold, Princes William and Harry are marking the 25th anniversary of their mother Diana’s death, which rocked the planet and rocked the British monarchy, in very private and thousands of miles apart on Wednesday.
“Lady Di,” whose fairytale marriage and subsequent harrowing divorce from Prince Charles had captivated the world, died in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997, followed by paparazzi. His two sons, then 15 and 12, moved millions as they walked side by side behind his coffin and fought back tears in front of the cameras.
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Five years ago, on the 20th anniversary of her death, William and Harry attended public memorial services and spoke about their mother.
Nothing will happen this year.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the two brothers “have decided to draw a line under their public commemorations,” spokespeople for the two princes confirmed that they will each mark the event privately.
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 resides.
His younger brother Harry, 37, resides in California with his wife Meghan and their two children after the couple decided to leave the royal family in 2020.
As every year, onlookers should come and lay flowers in front of Kensington Palace in London or near the entrance to the Paris Tunnel, where the princess died at the age of 36.
The Princess of Wales remains an icon who shattered royal conventions and is still linked to the humanitarian causes close to her heart, like her fight against landmines and her support for AIDS patients.
According to Majesty Magazine’s Joe Little, Diana’s legacy is evident in the less formal way William and Harry conduct themselves today compared to the rest of the royal family.
“There’s a lot more expression of emotion,” he explains, taking the example of Prince William kissing the winning footballers at this summer’s Euro.
“William sees that it doesn’t need as many formalities as it did when his father was his age,” adds the specialist.
Harry, who admitted his mother’s death had affected his mental health, said he would spend the day with his family.
“Every day I hope to make them proud,” he said at a dinner for an AIDS patient association in the United States last week. “I want it to be a day filled with memories of his amazing work and love.”
In 2021, the two cold brothers met to unveil a statue of their mother outside Kensington Palace, but they hardly spoke to each other.
They then claimed to remember “her love, her strength and her personality, the qualities that made her a force for good around the world”.
The two brothers who have since given no sign of getting close.
During celebrations of Elizabeth II’s 70th reign in June, Harry and William sat far apart during a service.
Harry and Meghan have accused the royal family of racism and said they were asked about the color of their unborn child’s skin as Meghan is of mixed race. What William denied in front of the camera.
Any reconciliation over the contents of a confidentiality book Harry is due to publish by the end of the year, which is eagerly awaited by the press speculating about possible reckoning and revelations, is on hold.
Harry and Meghan are expected back in the UK in September. They are to remain in Windsor, on Queen Elizabeth II’s estate, near William’s new home. However, according to the British press, the two brothers have not planned to see each other.