How Harry Honored His Mother on the Anniversary of Her Death
Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997. Most of us know where we were and what we were doing that day. Her tragic passing had an indelible effect on the modern British Monarchy, and the People’s Princess still looms large in our memories.
Prince Harry has tried to uphold his mother’s legacy through charity work, including walking the same African minefield that Diana famously visited. Each year on the 31st, he tries to find some way to volunteer for a cause she would have supported or visit a place that was important to her.
To honor his mother’s memory this year, Harry literally got his hands dirty.
Harry and Meghan Volunteer in Los Angeles
Although they left Los Angeles behind for the relative privacy of Montecito, the Sussexes returned to help out. They volunteered with the Assistance League of Los Angeles to plant flowers and vegetables at a garden for LA preschoolers.
“Everyone got their hands dirty digging holes for the new plants and seeds and making sure they were secure with enough soil,” a source told People.
In addition to planting tomatoes and squash, the Sussexes and their pint-sized helpers also planted flowers such as petunias and sweet peas. But one flower held special significance for Harry. He brought along seeds for forget-me-nots–Diana’s favorite flower.
Harry and Meghan also read to the kids, and according to an insider, everyone enjoyed their rendition of Jack and the Beanstalk. They also talked about gardening, healthy eating, and other topics with the kids.
The Assistance League of Los Angeles runs the Preschool Learning Center. They help underprivileged kids get a better start in life. Many of them might not have known who Harry and Meghan were–especially because of the masks. But they’ll remember the kind couple who played in the dirt with them and helped plant flowers and tell stories.
Princess Diana Statue to Be Unveiled Next Year
Harry and William released a joint statement about the long-awaited Diana memorial statue project. That’s the first such statement since before Harry’s split from the family.
“The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy,” the statement read in part.
Originally, the statue was to be installed in 2017, on the 20th anniversary of her death. However, logistics and the coronavirus pandemic pushed the date back until July 2021. Perhaps even more fitting, as the date coincides with her 60th birthday.
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