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Princess With A Tender Heart: Diana Once Stopped To Comfort A Bereaved Mother Weeping Over Her Son's Grave At A Cemetery

Date September 2, 2019 12:14

The Princess of Wales made a lot of trips as part of her royal duties while she was alive. She touched lives and impacted a lot of people which are some of the things that make her unforgettable, years after she passed away.

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Princess Diana's last overseas tour before she died in Paris was a three-day visit to Bosnia in August 1997. She met and commiserated with victims who sustained injuries during the war in the 90s

Comforting a mother

She was accompanied on this trip by Ken Rutherford and Jerry White. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the two of them shared many stories about the activities that took place while Diana was in Bosnia.

For White, one big moment was when Diana wanted to visit a cemetery even though it wasn't part of her itinerary. He explained;

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.

Even though they were running late for another event, an adamant Diana insisted until finally, they agreed to go to the Sarajevo War Cemetery.

White said that when they arrived, he watched as Diana walked reflectively among tombstones then stopped when she saw a mother. He said;

She met a Bosnian mother tending to the grave of her son, grieving visibly.

Even though Diana didn't speak Bosnian and the woman didn't understand English, they communicated without words. The women were simply locked in an emotional embrace, letting the gesture pass across the words in their hearts.

According to White, Diana wiped the mother's tears and it was an incredibly touching moment that he would always remember.

A heart of gold

Princess Diana's compassion is known worldwide. There is a reason why she's famously referred to as The People's Princess. She worked tirelessly on behalf of charities and had such a natural desire to help.

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Even though being a royal offered her a strong platform for her philanthropic works, candid moments such as the one above are proofs that she wasn't just doing it for show.

In 1995, she told BBC journalist Martin Bashir that she felt an "affinity" with those who were suffering due to the struggles she herself had endured for years.

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There is absolutely no doubt that Princess Diana impacted many in her lifetime.