Princes William and Harry at Wembley - Concert for Diana 2007
A Celebration of Princess Diana's Royal Life and Legacy
Diana exhibited her strong work ethic while still a child and young teen. , it was Diana who took care of the family's many pets. "She had rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, a long succession of animals to care for," she explained in. "She had a great consciousness they were dependent on her. She did the dirty work."
Inheriting the famous Spencer red hair, Prince Harry was born on September 15, 1984. Harry, like his mom, became known as a bit of a rebel in the royal family. But, as Harry later revealed in the HBO documentaryOur Mother: Her Life and Legacy, he was just following his mother's orders. "One of her mottos to me was, you know, ‘You can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught,'” the prince joked.
During the height of the 1980s, misinformation about HIV/AIDS ran rampant. Many believed that one could "catch" the disease from a simple handshake. But Diana forever altered the way millions viewed the disease after photos of her shaking hands without gloves with an HIV patient surfaced in 1987. Apart from helping change public perception, the act became known as another prime example of Princess Diana's endless compassion for others. That same year, Diana opened Britain's first AIDS ward in London, according toTime.
On another memorable charity trip, the Princess of Wales visited abandoned HIV-positive children and kids with AIDS at a hostel in Brazil. As ABC News notes, Diana was criticized at the time for her continued work with AIDS patients. But nonetheless, Diana persisted, knowing how much the children needed her.
To advocate for the end of land mines in 1997, Diana marched through an active one in Angola. Though it was deemed a dangerous stunt (and controversial one), the Princess, as a benefactor of the Hazardous Areas Life-Support Organization (HALO), knew it would help garner attention for the cause. "There couldn't be a more appropriate place to begin this campaign than Angola," Diana reportedly told the press. "This nation has the highest number of amputees per population than anywhere in the world." Diana also made sure to find time to talk to the victims of minefield explosions and offer them comfort while she was there.
In June of 1997, Diana met Mother Teresa at her Missionaries of Charity residence in the Bronx, New York. During her visit, Diana hugged, kissed, and prayed alongside the nun as she offered help to those in need in New York City, the Independent reports. Five years prior, Diana visited Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta. Diana would go on to write to her butler that the trip "touched her life" and that she had found the direction she "had been searching for all these years."
Her 36th birthday was one of her best ones. As noted in , the royal received 90 bouquets of flowers and a "happy birthday" call from Prince Harry and his classmates. In the evening, Diana was the guest of honor at the 100th anniversary celebration of the Tate Gallery in London. There, she received even more gifts from supporters, including flowers, balloons, and cards. A day worthy of a hard-working, accomplished princess it certainly was.
Video: Princes William, Harry pay tribute to Diana on 20th anniversary of her death. Aug 30, 2017.
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