Prince Henry of England has spoken of the legacy of his mother, Diana of Wales, a few days before the 25th anniversary of her death. “I want it to be a day filled with memories of his incredible work, and love for the way he did it,” said the 37-year-old Duke of Sussex at a charity polo match in Aspen, USA. The event was organized by Sentebale, the NGO that Enrique founded in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help the children of Africa. “We did it in honor of our mothers,” he said on stage. In Sesotho, the language of the Basutos, the word Sentebale means “forget me not”. “Next week is the 25th anniversary of my mother’s death, and she will certainly never be forgotten,” the Duke of Sussex said. “I want it to be a day to share my mother’s spirit with my family, with my children, whom she would like to have known,”
The references to the family in these statements are ambiguous enough to suggest that they do not refer to his brother, William of England, with whom he has been at odds for a couple of years, when he decided to make a new life away from the royal family. British. William was 15 years old and Harry was 12 when Princess Diana died in a car accident on August 31, 1997.
The Telegraph newspaper reports that Princess Diana’s children will celebrate the anniversary of her death “privately and separately”. According to this newspaper, there will not even be a joint statement, as there was a year ago (then the princess would have turned 60), when the distance between the two was already evident. Then they inaugurated the statue of the princess that is now in Kensington Gardens. However, the act, in which many wanted to see a reconciliation, was awkward and strange. Both came alone, without their respective wives. Guillermo then said, speaking on behalf of both, that they would no longer participate in a public commemoration of his mother.
Harry of England crouches before the makeshift altar in honor of his mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace on August 30, 2017Karwai Tang (Getty)
“Enrique and Guillermo barely speak to each other since Megxit”, the tabloid The Sun recalled this month, alluding (with a term that some call sexist) to the decision of Enrique and his wife, the American actress Meghan Markle, 41, to distance themselves from the royal family and leave England in 2020. They did so amid accusations of racism that were categorically denied by William, 40. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since lived in California with their children, Archie and Lilibet. His visits to England are few.
The last time the two couples met was for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in early June, but then they managed to avoid each other at public events and no joint photo emerged. They were not seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, and in St Paul’s Church they sat far removed from the core of the royal family. They even returned to the US before the celebrations ended.
The couple will return to England these weeks, but not to celebrate any act in honor of Lady Di. They will do it to attend the One Young World summit in Manchester, of which Markle is an adviser. The event will take place on September 5; They will then briefly attend another event in Germany before returning to England for the Well Child Awards gala on September 8.
The Page Six website assured that Enrique and Meghan found the Platinum Jubilee celebrations “difficult”, so they would have declined to attend Balmoral Castle this summer, Elizabeth II’s summer resting place and where she usually goes at different times. July and August the entire British royal family. There are some British media that even doubt that they were invited. The last time the Duke and Duchess of Sussex passed through this well-known Scottish castle was in 2018. The couple is expected to stay at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, where they have made their last visits. The dukes rehabilitated that house after their wedding, and intended to live in it, but after the millionaire reform they left for Montecito, California. Now it is occupied by Eugenia of York, daughter of Andrew of England and a good friend of her cousin Enrique de Ella, to whom it seems that she will provide accommodation for the next few days.