Royal tears in rain for Diana 20 years on

Trib­utes to mark 20th an­niver­sary of death

Daily Star - - Front Page - By CHRIS CAULFIELD News@dai­

PRINCES Wil­liam and Harry paid trib­ute to Princess Diana on the 20th an­niver­sary of her death say­ing “we wish she was still here”.

The two roy­als vis­ited a me­mo­rial gar­den in Kens­ing­ton Palace last night.

In scenes rem­i­nis­cent of 20 years ago, the brothers stopped at a sea of flow­ers laid by well­wish­ers at the palace gates.

Prince Harry said we “all lost some­body” on Au­gust 31, 1997, when the Peo­ple’s Princess was killed in a tun­nel in Paris.

The brothers were joined on the hour-long tour by Wil­liam’s wife Kate and head gar­dener Sean Harkin as they took in the me­mo­rial space of white fo­liage and flow­ers planted in Diana’s hon­our.

Wil­liam and Harry stopped to look at the trib­utes left by fans.

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 Wills and his mother both wear­ing sun­glasses as they sat in the crowds at an un­known event.

The brothers 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 her death.

Wil­liam rem­i­nisced about that mo­ment and took a sec­ond 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.”

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.

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 roy­als yes­ter­day also met representatives from the char­i­ties sup­ported by Diana in­clud­ing Great Or­mond Street Hospi­tal, the Na­tional Aids Trust, The Le­prosy Mis­sion, Royal Mars­den Hospi­tal and Cen­tre­point.

Speak­ing to the char­ity bosses, Prince Harry 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.” Diana’s for­mer po­lice pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer Ken Wharfe said the lads were a liv­ing trib­ute to their mum.

The ex Met Po­lice of­fi­cer, who also vis­ited the shrine yes­ter­day, said they had helped re­vi­talise the monar­chy, just as their mum had wanted to do.

He said the pair have car­ried on Diana’s favourite char­ity work and were con­tin­u­ally chang­ing the face of the Bri­tish monar­chy, with things like their re­cent talks on men­tal health and their own is­sues deal­ing with Di’s death dur­ing a pa­parazzi chase with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed.

Ken guarded Diana for five years un­til 1993 and claimed at the time of Diana’s death the monar­chy was “jeal­ous” of her global pop­u­lar­ity.

He said: “The prob­lem with Diana in this fam­ily is they could not deal with her pop­u­lar­ity, they couldn’t cope with it – ba­si­cally they were jeal­ous.”

He added of Wills and Harry: “They are lit­er­ally card­board cut-outs of their mother’s work, and 20 years on we are now speak­ing about their mother more than ever be­fore.”

The me­mo­rial White Gar­den, a tem­po­rary fea­ture cre­ated in the palace’s his­toric sunken gar­den, sur­rounds a re­flec­tive pool with or­na­men­tal grasses weav­ing through cos­mos daisies.

®Ê SOM­BRE: Wil­liam and Harry look at some of the flow­ers at the palace gates and, right, with Kate

®Ê GRIEV­ING: The young princes at the spot af­ter the Paris crash

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