LONDON – Prince William and Harry stirred memories of 1997 when they paid tribute to their mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace on Wednesday.
The royals visited the Diana memorial garden in London and examined the tributes to their mother outside the gates of Kensington Palace.
It had echoes of 20 years ago, when just five days after the death of their mother on August 31, 1997, they looked on at the sea of flowers outside what was their home. At the time, William and Harry were aged 15 and 12, respectively.
In 1997, the young royals were applauded when they arrived at Kensington Palace with their father, Prince Charles. They spoke movingly about the experience in BBC documentary “Diana, 7 Days” at the weekend.
“What was very peculiar, but obviously very touching, was everybody crying. The wailing and the crying was going on, everyone wanted to touch us,” William said. “It was like nothing you could really describe, it was very unusual.”
Harry added: “The way people were grabbing us and pulling us into their arms. I don’t blame anybody for that. Those moments, they were quite shocking.”
“I remember people screaming, I remember people crying. I remember people’s hands were wet because of the tears that they’d just wiped away from their face before shaking my hand.”
Just as they did 20 years ago, William and Harry greeted members of the public. They were handed flowers and messages by well-wishers.
They even referred back to their memories of their walk around Kensington Palace in 1997. “Last time, it was all the way down,” William told Harry, according to Sky News, when talking about the sea of flowers outside the gates.
Earlier, they were joined by the Duchess of Cambridge as they toured a memorial garden created for Diana in the grounds of Kensington Palace.