Re­mem­ber­ing Di­ana

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Prince Wil­liam looks at pho­tos left as trib­utes to his mother Princess Di­ana near The Sunken Gar­den at Kens­ing­ton Palace in Lon­don yes­ter­day. The gar­den has been trans­formed into a white gar­den ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of Di­ana, who died on Au­gust 31, 1997.

The Duke of Cam­bridge and Prince Harry made a per­sonal pil­grim­age to view the flo­ral trib­utes left in mem­ory of their mother as Harry con­fessed “all of us lost some­body”.

Wil­liam and Harry stopped to look at the heart­felt mes­sages, pic­tures and flow­ers left in re­mem­brance of Di­ana, Princess of Wales at the gates of her for­mer home Kens­ing­ton Palace.

The 20th an­niver­sary of Di­ana’s death will be com­mem­o­rated to­day and the royal broth­ers, with Kate, ear­lier hon­oured her mem­ory by vis­it­ing a nearby memo­rial gar­den in the grounds of the palace cre­ated for the Princess.

Char­ity chiefs from or­gan­i­sa­tions as­so­ci­ated with Di­ana met the roy­als after their tour and Harry told one group of cam­paign­ers about how his mother’s death was a tragedy for them — as they were pre­par­ing to work with the royal — as well as his fam­ily. He said: “I can imag­ine for a lot of you it was like ‘right here we go, now we’ve got her, we’ve got the thirst, we’ve got the at­ten­tion, now let’s do some­thing’ then sud­denly she’s snapped away — if I can put it [this way], all of us lost some­body.”

The royal broth­ers had spent an hour tour­ing the tem­po­rary memo­rial White Gar­den in the grounds of the palace with Kate be­fore mak­ing the short jour­ney to the gates.

Shel­ter­ing from the heavy rain un­der an um­brella, Wil­liam knelt down to look at some of the bou­quets, then later pointed out a pic­ture to his brother that ap­peared to make him laugh. Harry came over to have a look at the pic­ture which had left his older brother in stitches and Wil­liam said: “Look at my shades”.

The Prince glanced at the pho­to­graph of the Duke and his mother both wear­ing sun­glasses as they sat in the crowds at an un­known event.

The royal sib­lings have talked can­didly about the loss of their mother in a num­ber of doc­u­men­taries and in­ter­views this year, and about the scenes they ex­pe­ri­enced when they came to see the trib­utes left at Kens­ing­ton Palace a few days after their mother’s death.

Wil­liam rem­i­nisced about that mo­ment and took a few mo­ments to point out to Harry how far back the flow­ers had stretched from the gate.

Point­ing out where the sea of 1997 trib­utes had stretched to, he said: “Last time, it was all the way down.”

Not­ing a large dis­play of pho­to­graphs, he added: “They’ve put a ban­ner up.”

Wil­liam and Harry’s ap­pear­ance at­tracted sev­eral hun­dred well-wish­ers who lined crash bar­ri­ers and the broth­ers each placed a flo­ral tribute at the gates for fans of their mother.

Sis­ters Gra­cie, aged eight, and Maisy Oxby, 10, from Basil­don in Es­sex handed over a bou­quet of red blooms to Harry to place at the en­trance on be­half of an­other royal fan.

Maisy said: “He took the flow­ers and asked us who we were and said ‘where­abouts would you like them to go’? I said in the mid­dle un­der the HRH on a poster.”

Her sister added: “A lady gave us the flow­ers and she said can you give it to one of the princes.”

The young­sters were joined by their mother Rhian Oxby, 40, and their grand­mother Deb­bie Oxby, 55, who said: “I’m the roy­al­ist in the fam­ily and wanted the girls to see them.

“We’ve been into the palace and done the tour, we heard on the news they would be here, but didn’t think we would see them.”

Tak­ing a bou­quet from Ca­role Carter and her mother-in-law Eve, the Duke heard how they had also been at Kens­ing­ton Palace vis­it­ing the Di­ana fash­ion ex­hi­bi­tion be­fore they de­cided to join yes­ter­day’s com­mem­o­ra­tions.

The Duke thanked them for their flow­ers, and walked over to place them care­fully at the main gates of the palace.

Pic­tures: Kirsty Wig­glesworth//Kar­wai Tang//John Still­well/PA Wire/WireI­mage

The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge and Prince Harry ar­rive yes­ter­day for a visit to the White Gar­den in Kens­ing­ton Palace, Lon­don, and to meet with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from char­i­ties sup­ported by Di­ana, the Princess of Wales.

The Duke of Cam­bridge and Prince Harry look at trib­utes to Di­ana, Princess of Wales at­tached to the Golden Gates of Kens­ing­ton Palace, ahead of the 20th an­niver­sary of their mother’s death.

Prince Harry meets well-wish­ers and views trib­utes to Princess Di­ana at Kens­ing­ton Palace.

Princess Di­ana with Wil­liam and Harry at High­grove in 1988.

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