In the cold, Princes William and Harry celebrate Wednesday, in private and thousands of miles away, the 25thAnd anniversary of the death of mother Diana, who shook the planet and shook the British monarchy.
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“Lady Di”, whose fairytale wedding and then devastating divorce from Prince Charles had fascinated the world, died in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997, chased by paparazzi. Her two sons, then 15 and 12 years old, moved millions as they walked side by side behind her coffin, fighting tears in front of the cameras.
Five years ago, by the 20And anniversary of his death, William and Harry had attended public commemorations and talked about their mother.
Nothing will happen this year.
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According to Daily telegraphthe two brothers “have decided to draw a line under their public commemorations,” the spokesmen of the two princes confirming that each will mark the event in private.
William, 40, left London this summer to move with his wife Kate and their three children to Windsor, west of the capital and where Queen Elizabeth II also resides.
His younger brother Harry, 37, lives in California with his wife Meghan and their two children after the couple decided to leave the royal family in 2020.
As every year, spectators should come and lay flowers in front of London’s Kensington Palace or near the entrance to the Parisian tunnel where the princess died at age 36.
The Princess of Wales remains an icon that has shaken royal conventions and is still associated with the humanitarian causes that were dear to her, such as her fight for landmines and her support for AIDS patients.
According to Joe Little, of Majesty MagazineDiana’s legacy can be seen in the less formal way that William and Harry behave today in relation to the rest of the royal family.
“There is a lot more expression of emotion,” he explains, taking the example of Prince William kissing the winning players at this summer’s European Championships.
“William sees that there is no need for as many formalities as those that existed when his father was his age,” adds the specialist.
Harry, who admitted his mother’s death had taken a toll on his psychological health, said he would spend the day with his family.
“Every day I hope to make her proud,” he said last week in the United States at a dinner for a sick association. “I want it to be a day full of memories of her fantastic work and her love for her.”
In 2021, the two cold siblings met to unveil a statue of their mother in front of Kensington Palace, but they barely spoke to each other.
They then claimed to remember “her love, her strength and her personality, the qualities that made her a positive force all over the world”.
Since then, the two brothers have not shown any signs of rapprochement.
During the celebrations for Elizabeth II’s 70th reign in June, Harry and William sat apart during a church service.
Harry and Meghan accused the royal family of racism, saying they were asked about their unborn baby’s skin color as Meghan is of mixed race. What William denied in front of the cameras.
Any reconciliation is suspended on the contents of a book of confidentiality that Harry will have to publish by the end of the year, eagerly awaited by the press that speculates on possible settlements and revelations.
Harry and Meghan are expected to return to the UK in September. They will remain in Windsor, on Queen Elizabeth II’s estate, near William’s new home. But, according to the British press, the two brothers have no plans to see each other.