Like mother like sons: How Princess Diana's sons keep her legacy alive 17 years on

Seventeen years after Princess Diana’s tragic passing, her legacy continues in the official causes that her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, have embraced in her name.

The royal brothers have grown into fine young men who have proven themselves time and again to be a credit to their mother.

“I want them to have an understanding of people’s emotions, people’s insecurities, people’s distress, and of their hopes and dreams,” Diana once said.

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Top, Diana meeting a toddler at a hostel for abandoned children. Bottom, Prince Harry connects with a youngster in Africa in 2006.

Harry, in particular, exudes Diana’s personal touch. He founded his charity Sentebale, meaning “forget me not,” in honour of his mother, with the aim of helping the children of the African country.

As for William, the future King has taken on his mother’s role in countless good causes, as well as her hands-on approach to raising his son, Prince George.

And although Diana wasn’t able to see her son marry Kate Middleton, there’s no doubt that the princess would have approved.

“I would have loved to have met her and she’s obviously an inspirational woman to look up to,” Kate said of her late mother-in-law.

As we remember the People’s Princess on the the anniversary of her death (Aug. 31, 1997), we take a closer look at how Diana’s positive influence lives on through her sons.

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