It emerged today that William and Kate made the journey to Althorp, Diana’s ancestral home and final resting place, on April 20. Once on the 14,000-acre estate, they took a boat to The Oval, an island which functions as a permanent memorial to the late princess. The pair also visited an ancient arboretum where William and Prince Harry planted trees as children.
Princess Diana is buried on an island in her family’s Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire, and William is said to have walked hand in hand with his bride-to-be to pay tribute at her graveside ahead of their wedding on April 29.
According to the Daily Mail, the couple rowed out to the island on a small boat and laid flowers for Diana at her tomb.
A source told the newspaper, ‘Diana is still a huge part of her boys’ everyday life and always will be. It is very important for Kate to share and understand William’s love and grief for his mum.
‘It is tragic that she won’t be there to see the wedding, and that she never got to meet his bride.
‘But even though Kate never met Diana she knows what an incredible woman she was.’
Diana died following a car crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997.