Traditionally, Prince William and Prince Harry celebrate the holiday together, but a royal expert has stated that this will not be the case this year due to heartbreaking circumstances. “They always used to meet on this sad anniversary to relive memories of her,” Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk exclusively.
Despite reports that the brothers have spent previous anniversaries together remembering special moments with their late mother, Prince Harry is unlikely to attend or participate this year due to his recent relocation to the United States with his wife Meghan Markle, with whom he has two children.
Instead, Prince William will spend the anniversary of his mother’s death with his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and their three children.
He wants Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis to know “who she was and that she existed” when they grow up.
Mr Fitzwilliams believes that, despite their separation, the brothers will communicate privately on August 31, the day of the Princess of Wales’ untimely death.
“I believe they will communicate, but any communication between them will be private,” he said.
The brothers have commemorated the anniversary in significant public ways in previous years, including a memorial service on the 10th anniversary and the commissioning of two documentaries about Diana on the 20th anniversary.
This year, the Cambridge family will mark the momentous occasion in private by deciding how much information to share with their three children about “Granny Diana,” as the late Princess was dubbed by her son in the 2017 documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.
In the past, William and Kate have shared a lot of information about her with their three children – George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three.
During the documentary, he stated that he “constantly” talks to his children about her before bedtime so that they are aware that “they have two grandmothers in their lives.”
“We’ve got more photos up around the house now of her, and we talk about her a bit,” the future king added.
The children paid a touching tribute to their “Granny Diana” by hand-writing messages to her on Mother’s Day earlier this year.
Charlotte’s selection: “Dear Diana, Granny On Mother’s Day, I’m thinking of you. I am deeply in love with you. Papa is longing for you. Charlotte, you have my heart.”
On the other hand, her brother George’s card read: “Greetings, Granny Diana Mother’s Day, Mother’s Day, Mother’s Day, Mother’s Day, Mother’s Sending lots of love from George xxxxx. I adore you and think of you all the time.”
Princess Diana’s statue, which was unveiled by her sons, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, earlier this summer, can be visited by royal fans.
This year marks the 24th anniversary of the fatal Paris car crash, and special arrangements have been made to allow visitors to view the memorial near Kensington Palace in London.
Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) announced that visitors will be able to view the statue from the Cradle Walk around the Sunken Garden, where it stands from 3pm to 5pm, for those who wish to take a break.