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Princess Diana Once Stopped At A Cemetery To Comfort A Woman Crying At Her Dead Son's Grave

Princess Diana Once Stopped At A Cemetery To Comfort A Woman Crying At Her Dead Son's Grave

While Princess Diana is often praised for her beauty and elegance, it was the compassion and empathy she displayed towards her fellow humans that made her "The People's Princess."

Even as we near the 22nd death anniversary of the late Princess Diana, the legacy left behind by the mother-of-two inspires even those who came after her time. While her impeccable beauty and elegance gained her admiration from across the world, it was her unmatched compassion and empathy for her fellow humans that earned her the title of 'The People's Princess.'  She traveled to many countries for her humanitarian causes and it was during one such visit that she shared a deeply emotional moment of solidarity with a fellow mother. 



 

A few weeks before her tragic death on August 31, 1997, Diana was on a humanitarian trip to Bosnia as a part of her ongoing crusade against landmines. She was accompanied by Ken Rutherford and Jerry White on what would be her final trip ever and nearly 20 years after her death, the two reflected on the emotional journey for HBO's 2017 documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly ahead of the documentary's premiere, Rutherford and White shared several stories about Diana's compassionate spirit. For White, the one that sticks out the most in his mind is the unplanned detour she took to the Sarajevo War Cemetery on August 10, 1997.



 

"The image of her in a cemetery in Sarajevo, on the last day of our three-day trip [still haunts me]. It wasn't planned. It was never on the itinerary. But Diana told me three times, 'I can't get this picture of me in a cemetery out of my mind.' She asked me if there was a cemetery nearby, as it was something we should visit. 'Jerry, I have this feeling, this image of me in a cemetery, it's strange.' We were running late for a final reception, and there was no room for this detour, but Princess Diana seemed adamant, mysteriously," he recounted.

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White continued, "So, we drove out of the way to the former Olympic stadium that had become a massive graveyard for those killed during the war. I watched as Diana took her place among hundreds of tombstones. It was eerie, now that I reflect on it. She walked slowly, among tombstones and even yellow rose bushes. She met a Bosnian mother tending to the grave of her son, grieving visibly. Diana didn't speak Bosnian, and this mother didn't know English. So, they just embraced. So intimately, so physical, so emotional, mother-to-mother."

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"It was vintage Diana, reaching out, wiping the mother's tears and cheeks. It's the only framed photograph of Diana I still have in my home," he continued. Reflecting on that particular moment, White revealed that he found himself wondering about Diana's strange intuition in the aftermath of her tragic accident just a few weeks later. "After her death in Paris only weeks later, I came to wonder whether the Princess intuited her own death, her burial. I don’t know, but maybe, psychically, intuitively, Diana sensed she was going to die. It still gives me chills when I recall this powerful, unscripted, unplanned moment, somehow prescient," he said.

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Praising the empathy and compassion the Princess displayed throughout the trip, White said, "Diana listened more than she spoke. It was intense to watch her absorb human pain. She was hyper-intuitive and fully appropriate in the face of people's suffering. She asked questions and gave her full attention, focusing her big eyes like a laser on the tragic story in front of her. Whenever I asked her how she might want to handle a particular visit, she'd say, 'We'll make it work. It's all about the people.' Diana repeated how it was simply important 'to care enough to show up' and be present."



 

He added, "She'd ask questions like, 'Please tell me your story. What happened to you? How did you lose your leg? Where did you find your courage and strength to survive?' Diana would invariably reach out and touch each survivor at some point in the conversation, never cringing in the face of scars and stumps and open sores. She'd also bring in the family members, asking mothers and siblings what they had experienced, understanding a parent's pain watching their kids suffer. She invited hope by inquiring about each survivor's dream for the future. And she always made some side jokes to poke the tense air out of the bubble of tragedy. Humor is one of the top hallmarks of resilience, and Princess Diana always brought laughter and unexpected irreverence into the room."



 

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