Yesterday marked 20 years since Princess Diana died in a fatal car accident in the Pont de
This week, her sons Prince William and Prince Harry paid tribute to their mother at a garden dedicated to her honor at Kensington Palace, and last month saw the airing of a documentary about their mother in which they opened up about her generosity, empathy, and love of dressing them in bizarre children's clothes.
To commemorate "The People's Princess," celebrities have taken to social media to pay tribute to the British icon.
Remembering this inspiring woman today. This photo was taken at Kensington Palace. Princess Diana had somehow got the number to my office and called herself to ask for me. My assistant was in shock! We finally connected and she asked if the next time I was in London I would come by for tea — I think Prince William was just starting to notice models and she thought it would be a cute surprise for him and Prince Harry. I was nervous and didn't know what to wear, but remember as soon as she came into the room and we started talking, it was like talking to a girlfriend. She was a class act and showed us all what a modern day princess should be. Rest In Peace #PrincessDiana. #TBT
20 years ago today @isabelhalleyceramics and I were waiting in the car at a tag sale when we heard the news on the radio and ran screaming to find her mother. To little girls everywhere, Diana was an object of fascination and not just because she was a princess- she projected a kind of ambition and hunger to be heard, seen and understood in her totality. I think her expression in this picture tells that story, that the tiara is not enough. Her mystique, beauty and longing made her a beautifully complex figure to adore and I wish we could have seen her next phase and heard from her about the pressures and expectations of the rigid role she was assigned. She would have enlightened us.
[email protected] and I had the privilege to meet Princess Diana at the Apollo 13 screening in London. She could not have been more gracious, charming, funny and kind. I was expecting our second son at the time and she kept asking me if I was comfortable, and if I needed anything. She was a gregarious dinner partner , laughing and engaged. I think she felt like a "normal" person. It was when she got up from the table it became so noticeable that she wasn't "normal." The entire restaurant went silent and watched her as she made her way through the tables to go to the ladies room. With all the scrutiny, she managed to teach us that it was safe to hold the hand of an HIV/AIDS patient, to treat the homeless with dignity, to be fearless in love of humanity. I often wonder what she would have done with her future had she lived. God bless her soul.
Is it really 20 years? She remains a true modern icon: kind, complex, human, spellbinding and able to transcend all barriers #Diana20— Luke Evans (@TheRealLukevans) August 31, 2017
I met her Royal Highness, Princess Diana when I was shooting the sequel to A Fish Called Wanda. The truth is I didn't meet her. She was to visit our set deep in the gardens of Pinewood Studios with her children and we waited for her all morning and then when we took a break midday, I raced via golf cart to my dressing room to use the restroom. While I was in there someone came knocking on my door saying that Princess Diana and her children had arrived on set and as I raced back in the golf cart, they were already walking away. The next day I wrote her a note explaining my nature break and how disappointed I was not to tell her, in person, how much I admired her. A hand delivered letter from Kensington Palace, on her stationary, came the next day thanking me for mine and understanding completely the need for nature to take it's course. We exchanged a hope that we would get to meet in the future. Later that summer I heard about her shocking death. I remember turning off the television knowing what the media was going to do. I picked up a book on meditation which was next to my bed by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfeld. In it it said that at the time of death, people who try to live mindfully, ask themselves only two questions. Did I learn to live wisely? Did I love well? I thought about her and her life and the choices she made and how brave she was, how she reached out to that young man with AIDS before anyone did, the mine fields, mental health and so much more and how much she loved her children, the image of them running into her outstretched arms after a long trip. It gave me comfort that although her life was short, it was complete. She was a great role model for me. An example to live by. I honor her this day.
First time I ever met Princess Diana. 'Ah,' she sighed, 'the man who thinks he knows me SO well...' pic.twitter.com/dqVErjSKRj— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 31, 2017
Amazing its 20 yrs since the passing of Princess Di. I met her once when I was 6, we spoke about Thunderbirds. I still remember it #Diana20— Oliver Phelps (@OliverPhelps) August 31, 2017
Princess Diana was the epitome of compassion, love & kindness. She was so committed to being of service to humanity. She was a jewel. https://t.co/EBxlQeMiCU— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) September 1, 2017
From: ELLE UK
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