Princes William, Harry Lead Tributes To Mother Diana

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Prince William and Prince Harry have opened up about the pain of losing their mother Diana, Princess of Wales. Source: AFP

Now twenty years since Princess Diana death, her sons Princes William and Harry are still working ardently to keep her legacy alive with emotional tributes.

As the 20th anniversary of her death, on August 31, draws closer, the brothers have opened up after years of silence on her life, her impact on them and what she stood for.

William was 15 while Harry was 12 when their mother died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

How deeply their loss affected them is something they have only recently begun to discuss, openly.

“Twenty years on, Harry and I felt that it was an appropriate time to open up a bit more about our mother,” William said.

“We won’t speak as openly or publicly about her again.”

The pair featured in a 90-minute programme on British Channel ITV, earlier this year entitled “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.”

“This is the first time that the two of us have ever spoken about her as a mother. Arguably, probably a little bit too raw up until this point. It’s still raw,” said Harry.

He further disclosed that he sought help the last few years as he struggled to deal with his suppressed grief.

Harry told Newsweek magazine the trauma of having to walk behind his mother’s coffin through London for her funeral.

“I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today,” he said.

In those tense days in 1997, many Britons voiced anger at a perceived lack of empathy from the royal establishment.

Some feel the royals have been happy to see Diana replaced in the limelight.

The princes now campaign on many of the causes that were near to their mother’s heart. Source: AFP

Diana was Airbrushed

Patrick Jephson, Diana’s former private secretary, said the princess had been airbrushed out.

He told AFP that “There had been a period since her death during which the royal establishment has been uncertain how to treat the memory of Diana.

“For much of the last two decades she has been the name that cannot be spoken in royal circles.

“Therefore it is with a note of slight defiance and determination that her children have said ‘no, there’s lots of good to remember, let’s celebrate her life’.”

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