Prince Harry Shares How Meaningful Picture of Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela for Him

The Duke of Sussex says the picture was taken when his mother met Mandela in Cape Town in 1997, five months before she died in a car crash in Paris at the age of 36.

Prince Harry Shares How Meaningful Picture

Prince Harry keeps a picture of Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela together on his wall and in “his heart.” The Duke of Sussex said that the picture was taken when his mother met Mandela in Cape Town in 1997, five months before she died in a car crash in Paris at age 36.

The father of Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, said this during his keynote speech at the U.N. General Assembly on July 18 in New York City. He also said that he went to Africa for the first time when he was 13 and went back there after Diana’s death to find peace.

The 37-year-old man said on Nelson Mandela Day, “Mandela was also known to us through pictures of a man who almost always had a smile on his face, even when he was facing unimaginable cruelty and unfairness. One photograph, in particular, stands out to me. A picture of my mother and Mandela meeting in Cape Town in 1997 hangs on my wall and is always in my heart.”

“The late Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave me the picture. His friendship and inspiration were their precious gifts,” Meghan Markle’s husband added. “Back in 2019, my wife and I had the pleasure of introducing our four-month-old son to him. But when I first saw the picture, the first thing that stood out to me was the joy on my mother’s face, the playfulness, even the cheekiness, and the pure joy of being with another soul who was so dedicated to helping people.”

Harry and Meghan showed up smiling and holding hands before his speech to delegates about climate change and poverty. In that speech, he also said that events like COVID and the invasion of Ukraine in the last 10 years have left him feeling “battered and helpless.”

It’s the first time he and his wife have been seen in public since they went to the U.K. in June to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.