Monday, February 26

Princes touching tribute on anniversary of death


 

 

Princess Diana is being remembered in a touching way by William and Harry on the 21st anniversary of their mother’s death.

While the princes have had a packed summer of public and private events, including a monumental royal wedding for Harry and Meghan Markle, Kensington Palace scheduled no engagements for them today.

It’s believed the princes, 15 and 12 when they lost their mother, will be spending the day with their wives and wider families.

Last year, the princes also stayed out of the public eye on the same day, spending it in private with family.

But, on the eve of the 20 year anniversary, Harry, 33, and William, 37, visited the White Garden, a memorial dedicated to Diana in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

Despite the huge impact she made on the world, barely any commemorations were planned for the actual day.

Diana died on August 31, 1997, in a horrific car accident at the entrance of the Pont de l’Ama tunnel, near Malar fire station in Paris

The car was speeding through the tunnel in the early hours of the morning when it crashed into a pillar at 65mph. Henri Paul, the driver, lost control on the dual-carriageway.

The Princess’ bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones survived.

Reports at the time claimed Diana was travelling to an apartment in Rue Arsène Houssaye without wearing a seat belt.

The effects though were felt around the world and news channels all reported the events well into the morning and weeks afterwards.

In April 2008 an inquest jury at the Royal Courts of Justice in London returned verdicts of unlawful killing for both the Princess and her boyfriend Dodi – that’s the equivalent of manslaughter in a criminal court.

The jury also concluded that Diana and Dodi might have lived if they had worn seatbelts.