Fans remember Lady Diana on eve of 24th anniversary
Fans still remember Lady Diana Princess of Wales who had passed way twenty-four years ago in a Paris car crash.
The princess – the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex’s late mother – was just 36 was she was killed on August 31, 1997. Nearly a quarter of a century on from Diana’s shock death, the statue commissioned by William and Harry – whose rift has now been long documented – was finally unveiled last month.
Well-wishers are able to view the statue at Kensington Palace on Tuesday after Historic Royal Palaces made special arrangements to allow visitors access to the Cradle Walk around the Sunken Garden between 3pm to 5pm for the anniversary.
Due to the pandemic, the area is only usually accessible to the public from Wednesdays to Sundays. William, the Duchess of Cambridge and their three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – are understood to be commemorating the anniversary privately.
Devoted fans of Diana make a pilgrimage to leave flowers and messages at the ornate Golden Gates of her former London home each year. Nicknamed the People’s Princess for her caring, open approach, Diana was known for her devotion to William and Harry, the breakdown of her marriage to the Prince of Wales, her personal struggles, and her humanitarian charity work.
The princess and lover Dodi Fayed were killed when their Mercedes crashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris as they were being pursued by the paparazzi. Mr Fayed’s chauffeur Henri Paul was drunk and driving too fast.
William was 15 years old and Harry 12 at the time, and the brothers faced the harrowing task of walking through the streets of central London behind Diana’s funeral cortege in front of crowds of mourners. More than two decades on, the pair have a troubled relationship, with Harry, now living with the Duchess of Sussex in California, describing it is as “space”.
Lady Diana was famous for her charity works and also visited Pakistan for the fund-raising of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital.