William and Harry read Princess Diana tributes as Kate joins princes at memorial garden
PRINCE Harry and William have taken a moment to read emotional tributes to Princess Diana after visiting a memorial garden with Kate to mark 20 years since their mother’s death.
The princes spoke to well wishes as crowds gathered to pay their respect as millions did nearly 20 years ago. Prince William and Harry stayed shut off from the public in the Queen’s summer residence of Balmoral in the days after Princess Diana died.
But 20 years later the brothers faced crowds and even personally delivered the public’s floral tributes to the gates of Kensington Palace. In a sombre few minutes outside their home, Prince William and Harry were seen crouching down to read messages from those who Princess Diana inspired.
Banners, photographs and flowers have massed at Princess Diana’s former London home in an emotional vigil stirring memories of the week that shook Britain.
One read: “As the sun shines of Princess Diana and her family may it also shine forever in all our hearts as we remember our special Princess.
“Her work continues through her loving sons Prince William and Prince Harry.”
Earlier, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, joined William and Harry on a tour of the newly planted White Garden in the place they too call home.
The tranquil garden has been planted in the Princess’s memory, inspired by her life and fashion tastes, 20 years after she was killed in a car crash in Paris.
The Princess of Wales brought the world to a halt when she died on August 31 1997. And admirers have already begun leaving floral tributes and photographs of the late royal at the gates of Kensington Palace, just as they did 20 years ago.
The Duke and Prince have used this 20th anniversary year to promote the importance of seeking help for mental health problems – a plight Princess Diana began decades ago.
They have spoken candidly of their mother in a series of interviews in the run-up to this milestone year, describing their own memories of her life, charity work, and funeral. Prince Harry has said: “There’s not a day that William and I don’t wish that she was still around.
“She was our mum. She still is our mum. And of course, as a son I would say this, she was the best mum in the world. She smothered us with love, that’s for sure.” Earlier this year Prince Harry revealed he sought therapy in a bid to deal with the death of his mother.
He told the Telegraph: “…On grief, I find talking about my mother and keeping her memory alive very important.
“I find it therapeutic to talk about her, and to talk about how I feel.”
The garden at Kensington Palace is today filled with white flowers and foliage and was inspired by memories of Diana’s life, style and image, including her white “Elvis” Catherine Walker dress.
Head gardener Sean Harkin showed the trio some of Diana’s favourite flowers, including classic white roses, scented narcissi and a carpet of forget-me-nots around the existing Sunken Garden, of which the Princess was particularly fond.
The stunning foliage surrounds a reflective pool with ornamental grasses weaving through Cosmos daisies.
Gardeners recalled how Diana would stop when passing for a chat about their work creating ever-changing floral displays.