I don’t know of too many people who didn’t like Princess Diana.
As we all can recall, Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a tragic automobile accident in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France on the night of August 31, 1997. The driver, Henri Paul and Dodi Fayed were also pronounced dead at the scene as well. It was a tragic accident involving high speed and alcohol.
At the time of the accident and death of his mother, Princess Diana, Prince William was only 15 years old. However, we know by that time, his mother had already made quite the imprint on her son and the future prince.
Princess Diana was strongly supported charities including London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. She also was very involved in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
Unlike most royalty, Diana was very engaged in her sons upbringing and education. She gave them worldwide experiences many their age could only dream of. But it was her compassion for people that made the most impression.
Last week, there was a devastating fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower, an apartment building in London. The fire claimed the innocent lives of many loved ones. It was an unbelievable tragedy.
The royal family reached out to show those citizens of the UK that they cared. They cared about the tragedy involved and the lives that were lost. In fact, they even cared enough to take time out of their busy schedules to visit the crisis center or area.
It was Prince William and Queen Elizabeth II, who shared their time with the citizens, volunteers and victims. They gave their support and encouragement to all those affected.
Then, in a very touching moment, that resembled those actions of the late Princess Diana, Prince William left the people with a little more than just words of sympathy. Prince William broke royal protocol. Instead of the usual royal handshake, he hugged the woman in distress.
It seems the woman, Fatima Jafari had just lost her husband in an elevator in the Grenfell Tower apartment building fire. The woman had not heard of her husband since he entered in an elevator. She was an emotional wreck and struck with total grief.
Prince William reached out and gave this woman a hug. Can you imagine how she must have felt, if that were you? If you had just lost your husband and the future king gave you a personal hug, the emotion that must have come over her….all just too overwhelming.
Something tells me, Prince William’s display of compassion will forever be a photo in their memories during this very tragic time.
Prince William’s gesture touched so many, including Jafari.
Something tells me, that imprint that Princess Diana left with Prince William will forever reign. Her compassion for people not only in the UK, but around the world will live on through the actions and support of Prince William.
Princess Diana would be very proud of the young man she raised to be a leader in her place.