Diana re­mem­bered by her sons 20 years on

● Princes moved by trib­utes left to their mother out­side palace

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By TONY JONES

The Duke of Cam­bridge and Prince Harry have 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 looked at 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 and Harry told one group of cam­paign­ers about how his mother’s death was a tragedy for them as well as his fam­ily. He said:

0 The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge and Prince Harry ar­rive at the Kens­ing­ton me­mo­rial gar­dens “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 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, fast be­com­ing a shrine to their mother.

Shel­ter­ing from the heavy rain un­der an um­brella Wil­liam knelt down to look at some of the bou­quets left in trib­ute to his mother then later pointed out a pic­ture to his brother that ap­peared to make him laugh.

Mean­while one of the princess’s for­mer per­sonal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers said yes­ter­day that her legacy lives on in her sons, who are chang­ing the face of the Bri­tish monar­chy just like their mother.

For­mer Met Po­lice of­fi­cer Ken Wharfe claimed that, at the time of Diana’s death, the monar­chy was “jeal­ous” of her pop­u­lar­ity, but the Duke of Cam­bridge and Prince Harry have fol­lowed in her foot­steps in­clud­ing car­ry­ing on her work.

Mr Wharfe, who guarded Diana for more than five years un­til 1993, said: “We now know Diana did change and mod­ernise, whether we like it or not.

“What we see now to­day with Wil­liam and Harry, in the way that they now con­duct them­selves as two lead­ing royal fig­ures, is so dif­fer­ent from what roy­alty was in the 1980s.

“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.”

Since her death, the princes have taken on some of their mother’s char­ity work, from Harry rais­ing aware­ness about Aids and the Halo Trust’s fight against land­mines, to Wil­liam cham­pi­oning the home­less.

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