(London) In London as in Paris, “Lady Di” admirers paid tribute to her on Wednesday, 25 years after her death which rocked the British monarchy, but no official ceremony was organized by her two sons William and Harry, strained relationships.
Updated yesterday at 8:29 am
Diana, whose fairytale wedding and then devastating divorce from Prince Charles had captivated the world, died in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997, chased by paparazzi.
His two sons William and Harry, aged 15 and 12 at the time, moved in by the millions as they walked side by side behind his coffin. In the cold, the two princes marked the event this time in private and thousands of kilometers away.
Even without an official ceremony, a few dozen admirers of the princess gathered outside London’s Kensington Palace on Wednesday to pay their respects to the Princess of Wales, decorating the palace gates with flags and photos.
“Whether you are a king, queen or homeless, nothing has changed for the princess,” said Julie Cein, a 59-year-old English woman who made the journey from Newcastle in the north of the country, like England every year. . “What she mattered to him was to show empathy, kindness and consideration, regardless of social class. I think that’s why he has won the hearts of many people. ”
“She was adored, because she was both a princess and a normal person. We could identify with her, ”adds Patrick O’Neill, 32, mostly from Belfast, who cites Diana’s commitment to fighting AIDS or landmines, humanitarian causes she is always associated with.
In Paris, too, admirers gathered near the tunnel where the princess died. She “she was a world personality, an exceptional person. She was classy, sporty, elegant, “says AFP Claude Gautier, a 79-year-old retiree.
“I get goosebumps thinking she died right below us,” said Ulrike Plank, a 64-year-old German tourist. “I miss someone like her today. ”
Five years ago, by the 20And anniversary of his death, William and Harry had attended public commemorations. Nothing will happen this year.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the two brothers “have decided to draw a line under their public commemorations,” spokespeople for the two princes confirming that they will each mark the event in private.
William, 40, lives with his wife Kate and their three children in Windsor, west of the capital and where Queen Elizabeth II also resides. His younger brother Harry, 37, is in California with his wife Meghan and their two children after the couple decided to leave the royal family in 2020.
Despite the estrangement of the family, Diana’s legacy is visible in the less formal way William and Harry behave today, showing “more emotion” than the rest of the royal family, says Joe Little, of Majesty Magazine.
In 2021, the two cold siblings met to unveil a statue of their mother in London, but they barely spoke to each other.
And 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.