10 Times the Younger Royals Have Honored Princess Diana

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It’s been 22 years since Princess Diana’s death, but her memory lives on through her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry; their wives, Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan; and even their children, Diana’s four grandchildren.

Harry and William shared memories of their famous mom in the 2017 HBO documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. “To myself and William, she was just the best mother ever,” Harry said. “She would just engulf you and squeeze you as tight as possible — and being as short as I was then, there was no escape, you were there and you were there for as long as she wanted to hold you.”

“Even talking about it now, I can feel the hugs she used to give us,” he added. “I miss that. I miss that feeling, I miss that part of a family, I miss having that mother to be able to give you those hugs and give you that compassion that I think everybody needs.”

As he and Harry looked at old photos of the Princess of Wales, who died at age 36 in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997, William explained that he and Kate talk about Diana with their kids, Prince George, Prince Charlotte and Prince Louis. “We’ve got more photos up around the house of her, and we talk about her a bit and stuff,” he said. “And it’s hard because obviously Catherine didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that level of detail. So I do regularly, putting George and Charlotte to bed, talk about her, and just try to remind them that there are two grandmothers — there were two grandmothers in their lives. And it’s important they know who she was and that she existed.”

In memory of Diana, scroll down to see 10 ways Harry, Kate, William, and Meghan have honored the People’s Princess in the past decade.

The Ring

William proposed to Kate with Diana’s 18-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring from Prince Charles in October 2010. “This was my way of making sure that my mother didn’t miss out on today,” he told reporters the following month as the couple announced their happy news.

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The Royal Tour

Diana broke from royal tradition when she and Charles took William on a visit to Australia when he was 9 months old, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge followed suit in 2014 by taking 8-month-old Prince George with them to Australia and New Zealand.

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The Name

After William and Kate welcomed Princess Charlotte in May 2015, they announced that their second-born’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, a sweet nod to the young girl’s late grandmother.

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The Documentary

In Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, William and Harry reminisced about their mom. “Our mother was a total kid, through and through,” Harry said. “When everybody says to me, ‘So she was fun, give us an example,’ all I can hear is her laugh in my head. That sort of crazy laugh of where there was just pure happiness shown on her face.”

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The Hospital

William followed in his mother’s footsteps in 2007 when he became president of the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea, a position Diana previously held. He toured the hospital in January 2018, watching as doctors operated on a patient with an adenoid cystic carcinoma.

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The Hymn

At Harry and Meghan’s May 2018 wedding, the guests sang “Guide Me, O Thy Great Redeemer,” the same hymn that was sung at Diana’s 1997 funeral and at William and Kate’s 2011 wedding. Harry appeared to get choked up during the touching moment.

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The Sisters

Harry and Meghan included Diana’s sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, in the July 2019 christening of the royal couple’s son, Archie. In the official christening portrait, they’re standing to the left of William.

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The Earrings

Kate also honored her late mother-in-law at Archie’s christening, wearing the same Collingwood pearl earrings that Diana wore to Harry’s 1984 christening.

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The Forget-Me-Nots

Harry and Meghan shared a photo of Archie’s feet on Mother’s Day 2019, with forget-me-nots, Diana’s favorite flower, visible in the background. Meghan also included forget-me-nots in her wedding bouquet.

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The Instagram Quote

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a Princess Diana quote about random acts of kindness on their official Instagram account in August 2019. “Words have the power to inspire,” the couple added in their caption.

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