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    William and Harry to mark Diana anniversary in private, but apart

    LONDON (AFP) – Princes William and Harry are to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of their mother Princess Diana, in private but apart as a feud between the brothers shows no sign of ending.

    The former Lady Diana Spencer, whose fairytale marriage to Prince Charles captivated the world until it publicly unravelled with infidelity and divorce, died in a car crash on August 31, 1997.

    Five years ago, her sons attended a series of public commemorations of her life, and spoke of the enduring effect of her death on them.

    This year the brothers will not take part in any official commemorations, preferring instead to mark the occasion in private with their own families.

    William, 40, recently announced a move from London to the Windsor estate west of London with his wife, Catherine, and their three young children.

    A woman stands among messages of remembrance for Princess Diana displayed on the gates of Kensington Palace in London. PHOTO: AP

    Harry, 37, now lives in California with his wife, Meghan, and their two children, after the couple quit the royal family in early 2020.

    The Daily Telegraph said on Saturday that the brothers had “agreed to draw a line under their public commemorations” at the 20th anniversary.

    Spokespeople for both couples confirmed they would spend the day privately.

    Diana’s shock death aged just 36 saw a sea of floral tributes laid at the gates of her former London home, Kensington Palace.

    Well-wishers are again expected to lay flowers at the palace, and near the entrance to the Paris road tunnel where the high-speed crash happened.

    Diana remains widely revered as a fashion icon and for having cut through stuffy royal convention, particularly after her very public divorce.

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