Princes William and Harry visit Diana memorial garden

  • Princes William and Harry visit Diana memorial garden

Princes William and Harry visit Diana memorial garden

Under the cover of umbrellas, William, Harry, and Kate toured Kensington Palace's Sunken Garden, which head gardener Sean Harkin completely transformed into a thoughtful tribute to the late princess.

On the 31 August 1997 it was announced that Diana, Princess of Wales had died after a vehicle she was travelling in crashed in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris.

With the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death approaching Thursday, she has returned to our cultural imagination.

Flowers and tributes are being left at the gates to Kensington Palace.

There's a lot to know about Princess Diana when reflecting on her legacy. "Our thoughts and prayers tonight are with her family, friends and especially her children".

Diana was determined to forge her own path and reduce her public engagements, saying she had found the media attention of the past decade overwhelming and wanted to focus on her sons William and Harry.

From her personal perspective this emotional interaction was also a kind of consolation, receiving love and affection from those often making their final journey, all the while knowing that she was returning to yet another night alone at Kensington Palace. The pressure he put on her mother, Frances, with constant visits to fertility specialists, probably contributed to their divorce a few years after she finally gave birth to a boy, Diana's younger brother Charles.

"At that moment the doctor told us her heart had stopped beating, so we started giving her a heart massage, two of us, and her heart started beating again nearly immediately". In France's capital, the Flame of Liberty statue has become an unofficial memorial to the princess.

He said that the French emergency services had delayed in coming to her rescue, thereby reducing her chances of survival. She was my generation and I just felt a connection. Her enemies - including allies of her ex-husband, Prince Charles - derided her for it. During a hospital visit with US First Lady Barbara Bush she hugged a young man as he lay dying in his bed.

Beneath torrential rain, in the grounds of her former home, Kensington Pace, Princes William and Harry looked out on to a memorial space planted in her honour with white flowers.

Helen Zacharia, 62, who tied a bouquet to the gates, told AFP: "I come down every year because I've always liked Diana".

"She cared about people, she was very special".

Inside, she shook hands with one of the residents, a moment that was captured in an iconic photo that helped reduce stigma and fear of those with AIDS, says Erika Epprecht, a registered nurse who has been at Casey House since it was founded in 1988.