On what would have been her 59th birthday, Prince Harry delivered an emotional surprise speech about his mom. He talked about some very intimate details about how she left a lasting impact on the world and it was incredibly heartwarming.
Keep scrolling to see his full speech.
Even though she died in a tragic accident back in 1997, her legacy lives on through her sons.
She lived her formative years on the beautiful Sandringham Estate, a property her family actually rented from the royals.
She was often described as shy and kind and was more creative than academically intelligent. She worked a range of fairly regular jobs in her youth, including working at a preschool.
She lived in London and worked a series of fairly low-paying jobs – although her mom did buy her a flat of her own for her eighteenth birthday, so she wasn’t doing too badly.
A little known fact about the pair’s relationship is that, before dating Diana, Charles had actually been dating her big sister, Sarah.
Diana and Charles’s relationship was pretty formal, with her reportedly calling him “sir” throughout their courtship.
After meeting only twelve times, Charles proposed to Diana. The pair announced their engagement in February 1981. During the broadcast, many remember Charles being oddly reluctant to say he was in love with Diana.
They married on 29th July 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the wedding was watched by over 750 million people around the world, including Diana’s three-and-a-half-minute walk down the aisle.
The two announced their pregnancy just four months after tying the knot, and, on June 21st of 1982, they welcomed Prince William into the world.
Prince Harry was born on 15th September 1984.
However, although they were keeping up appearances, all wasn’t quite so sunny in the relationship between Charles and Diana.
One thing Diana was absolutely dedicated to was being a mother. She had strong ideas about how she wanted her kids to be raised, often giving them more freedom than traditional royal heirs.
She was determined to use her massive platform to better the world and dedicated her life to many noble causes, including the land mine crisis.
Unlike the typical Royal wife, Diana was dead set on doing work for herself and for the betterment of the world, earning her the nickname “The People’s Princess.”
On top of Diana’s refusal to sacrifice her identity for the sake of her title, she and Charles also had a thirteen year age gap, which seemingly started to become a problem.
Charles was also in a long-standing affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, even wearing cufflinks she bought him on his honeymoon with Diana.
And, by 1997, Diana was dating business mogul and son of Harrods owner, Dodi Fayed.
Many speculated that the relationship was controversial to the Royal family due to the fact that Fayed was a Muslim.
The car that the two were traveling in through the Pont L’Alma tunnel in Paris suffered a horrendous crash, which was fatal for both Diana and Dodi, plus their driver, Henri Paul.
The exact cause of the crash has long been up for debate, with some questioning the sobriety of the driver, and others blaming the irresponsible driving of paparazzi photographers.
The totally unexpected nature of her passing, alongside the fact that she was such a well-liked public figure, made her death and funeral into something of a media circus.
It garnered viewing figures of over thirty-two million in the U.K, breaking all viewing records up to that point. Millions more watched around the world.
Because, alongside the world losing a real force for good, 2 young boys were left without their mother.
And they regularly speak fondly of their late mom, who would have now been a grandma to 4 grandchildren.
And the recent reemergence of a letter that Diana wrote many years ago proves the unconditional love she had for William and Harry.
In a private letter that was released by one of her butlers recently, she expressed how much she loves her boys and how she hopes they will be happy and stable in the future.
It was very heartwarming.
The former royal appeared on behalf of him and his brother, Prince William, to talk about the Diana Award on what would have been her 59th birthday. This year, the ceremony will be held via virtual means.
And helps to express gratitude to those people who are going above and beyond to make sure their country continues to thrive, even during these difficult times.
“I am so incredibly proud to be part of these awards as they honour the legacy of my mother and bring out the very best in people like you.”
“You are all doing such incredible work and at a time of great uncertainty, you have found the power and inspiration inside of you to make a positive mark on the world, and I love that The Diana Award is able to help you do it.”
“Right now, we’re seeing situations around the world where division, isolation, and anger are dominating as pain and trauma come to the surface. But I see the greatest hope in people like you and I’m confident about the world’s future and its ability to heal because it is in your hands.”
From the global pandemic to the issue of systemic racism riddled within our societies, it has been an exhausting time for us all but especially those who are victim to these horrible events.
Let’s just hope things get better very soon.
It is nice to see the former royal doing what makes him happy, even if that upsets a lot of people. We can only hope he, as well as his family, are currently happy and healthy in their new home.
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