PRINCE WILLIAM and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are braced for a painful weekend during which the Prince will observe the 24th anniversary of Princess Diana’s 24th death, while the Queen is set to be heartbroken.
Prince William will experience more heartbreak over the next few days as the nation is set to celebrate the life of his mother, Princess Diana, who tragically died in a car crash on August 31, 1997. The Royal Family will mark Princess Diana’s death anniversary by making a symbolic gesture, which will involve the statue of her commissioned by Prince William and Prince Harry. On Tuesday, the statue of Diana located at London’s Kensington Palace will open to the public from 3-5pm.
The Historic Royal Palaces announced earlier this week that they “will be providing access to the Cradle Walk which is essentially the beautiful walkway around the Sunken Garden. We will be opening that up, freely available, for passers-by or anybody who wants to stop and take a moment on that Tuesday, specially for the anniversary.”
William has previously opened up about the struggles he faced after losing his mother at a young age.
In the BBC One documentary ‘Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health,’ the future king spoke about the traumatic events.
He said: “When you’ve been through something traumatic in life, that is, your dad not being around, my mother dying when I was younger, your emotions come back in leaps and bounds because it’s a very different phase of life, and there’s no one there to kind of help you.”
William further explained that not having his mother has made his own parenting feel “at times, overwhelming … Me and Catherine, we support each other, and we go through those moments together, and we evolve and learn together”.\
William also pointed out how grief can resurface, even when you think you have processed it.
He said: “Emotionally, things come out of the blue that you don’t ever expect or that maybe you think you’ve dealt with.”
In a heartbreaking tribute on Mother’s Day earlier this year, William’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, also paid tribute to their “Granny Diana”.
In a heartfelt hand-written tribute five-year-old Charlotte said: “Dear Granny Diana I am thinking of you on Mother’s Day. I love you very much. Papa is missing you. Lots of love Charlotte xxxxxxxxx.”
Her seven-year-old brother George’s card said: “Dear Granny Diana, Happy, happy Mother’s Day. I love you very much and think of you always, Sending lots of love from George xxxxx.”
The Queen, who has had a difficult year herself after losing her husband Prince Philip, is also set to be heartbroken this weekend as XR protesters targeted Buckingham Palace earlier this week.
The activists filled a fountain outside the palace with fake blood.
The environment group scaled the landmark and held up placards reading “royal bloodbath” as they took their demonstration to the Queen’s residence.
A number of protesters also stood in the fountain at the Queen Victoria Memorial, which they covered in red paint in protest at animal hunting.
Extinction Rebellion protests are aiming to occupy parts of central London for two weeks.
The group’s chief aim this year is to demand the Government halts all new investment in fossil fuels.
Princess Diana was in tears when Prince Charles sent Prince William to boarding school, according to a royal expert.
Christine-Marie Liwag Dixon said in a piece for the List that Diana was in “tears” when dropping her eldest son for his first day at Ludgrove School.
Charles was reportedly insistent that his son follow in his family’s footsteps but Diana was “reluctant” to send her son away.
Ms Liwag Dixon said: “Like most young royals, Prince William was sent off to boarding school at a young age. The experience was reportedly a difficult one for him at the beginning.
“William was reportedly quite lonely after first going away to school and missed his family. Diana is said to have been in tears when she dropped him off at school.”
Katie Harris taking over live reporting from Kris Boratyn.
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August 31 will mark the 24th anniversary of Diana’s tragic death in a car crash.
The fatal incident took place at around half-past midnight after the princess and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed had left a restaurant in Paris.
To mark the occasion, the Princess of Wales’ statue in Kensington Palace, which was unveiled by her sons Prince William and Prince Harry last month, will be specially opened to the public.
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