Prince William is carrying on the legacy of Princess Diana through her qualities of patience, generosity, and simplicity.
The British Royal family has been under the scrutiny of the public eye for decades. Recently, following the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, there has been a whirlwind of news updates about the family feud. The sons of Princess Diana and Prince Charles—William and Harry—have gone their separate ways. While both still love each other deeply as they have admitted, they acknowledge the growing differences betwen them. Hopefully, they will be able to put aside their differences in time to unveil the statue of their beloved mother, the People's Princess, at Kensington Palace on July 1, on the occasion of her 60th birth anniversary, as per Vanity Fair.
The world has always acknowledged that Harry has taken after his mother, with his bold and rebellious stance reminding people across the globe of his fearless, freespirited Princess Diana. But it just as true that William is as much his mother's son as Harry is. He has imbibed his mother's qualities of patience, generosity, and simplicity. These are some of the ways Prince William is carrying on the legacy of Diana:
Princess Diana was known for being passionate about working for the people around the world who were in need of upliftment. She set precedent by shaking hands with an AIDS patient without wearing gloves, challenging the false notion that it was a contagious disease and removing the social stigma around it. Following in the footsteps of his mother, Prince Williams has been working to end the stigma against AIDS and helps raise funds for its treatment.
As members of the royal family, the late Princess and the Prince are expected to undertake public and charitable services and help strengthen national unity and stability. Both mother and son have always had their calendars filled with more events geared toward social service than socializing. After her divorce, Diana dedicated much of her time to humanitarian efforts. Even days before her death, she was rallying in Bosnia against landmines.
As the pandemic has been taking a toll in England, Prince William has personally thanked over 300 frontline workers for their hard work, according to the People.
Princess Diana had a lot of personal struggles that were barely spoken about back then. She was also one of the first few public figures to openely talk about depression and bulimia, back when mental health was not a "woke" topic. But as the Queen of Hearts, she never let her smile slip when she was greeting the public. Currently, the royal feud that has been ensuing for a while now must be taking a toll on Diana's elder son. But he is continuing to put a smile on his face and is even delivering a virtual speech at the BAFTA event, staying true to his responsibility as its President, as per Fox News.
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Princess Diana tried to raise her children as normally as possible. She enrolled them in a normal public school and even dropped them off, which was unusual for royalty. Despite their royal status and scrutiny from the public, she protected them at all costs. "I live for my sons. I would be lost without them," she had said of her sons, reported The Insider. She made sure she played an active role in their upbringing and give them as normal a childhood as she could.
Prince Williams has three children with his wife, Kate Middleton. Just like he got a public school education, Prince William has enrolled his elder children in public school as well. The two have "strived tirelessly to instill a sense of modesty in their tiny monarchs," according to E! Online.
As part of the royal family, Princess Diana was president or patron of over 100 charities, reports Royal UK. After her divorce, she continued to work for the people but sought out a more private life to go hand in hand with her public duties. She also continued to share equal responsibility for the upbringing of their children with Prince Charles. Her family was as much important to her as the people of the country. Much like his mother, Prince William has found a way to balance his royal duties along with his duties as a father. He undertakes a number of charitable activities and projects focused on kids, yet he also makes the effort to spend quality time with his 3 children. He also said that fatherhood gave him "a new sense of purpose." He hopes to work to make the world a better place for the sake of his kids' futures.