Prince William and Harry remind the world of Princess Diana's legacy
- Princess Diana's statue was unveiled at the Kensington Palace
- She worked as a humanitarian in the last few years of his life
- Her sons William and Harry are carrying her legacy forward
A statue of the late Princess Diana was commissioned by her sons princes William and Harry at Kensington Palace. The humanitarian is seen standing alongside three children meant to represent the universality and generational impact of her work in the final period of her life.
During her final years Princess Diana was regarded as a people's ambassador and for the fearless work she did. Rather than just giving speeches and attending charities, like most people belonging to the upper class, she chose to do groundwork.
Princess Diana wanted to show that words and money were not enough and what was needed was serious action.
Her sons, William and Harry, are ensuring that her legacy is not forgotten by giving the world constant reminders about the wonderful woman their mother was.
In a joint statement by the brothers released through Kensington Palace they said, "Today, on what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character -- qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.”
They added, "Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy,"
In 1987, Diana made a popular visit to a man nearing death due to AIDS. The visit caused a massive reaction from all corners as it was a time when the masses popularly believed that the disease could be transmitted by touch.
Diana did not just visit the patient; she shook hands with him without wearing gloves. All of this at a time when there was no treatment available for the disease.
This was followed by her meeting with leprosy patients in Indonesia two years later. Even though newspaper headlines urged Diana to not come in close contact with the patients, Diana went on to shake hands with those suffering.
Diana was not afraid of getting some dirt on her, kneeling next to a person, speaking to them or sitting next to them. Her compassion was unique and unseen; and it is what makes people remember her till date.
Today, her sons are carrying forward that legacy with Harry supporting the Halo Trust, working on spreading awareness on HIV/AIDS, and travelling to Angola among other things.
William continues to work with the homelessness charity Centrepoint and the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.