The royal family is likely to remain silent on the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death

August 31st marks the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, but the royal family currently has no plans to officially mark the occasion.

Sunrise royal reporter Rob Jobson believes the family, having celebrated their 10th and 20th anniversaries, are now “looking to draw a line”.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles are expected to be “silent”, while Diana’s sons Prince William and Prince Harry are likely to only post separate online tributes.

Jobson expects both sons to make social media statements to mark the occasion, but no more at this point.

The royal reporter calls this inaction “a bit surprising”.

The Princess of Wales and Princes William & Harry. Recognition: Antony Jones/Julian Parker/British press via Getty Images

Princess Diana died in a car accident on August 31, 1997 at the age of 36.

Jobson believes that Diana has recently gone from being a public figure to being a historical figure as anyone under the age of 25 would not remember her.

“It’s almost like she went down in history,” he said.

On the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death, her sons have compiled private footage into a documentary to celebrate their mother’s life.

Prince Harry and Prince William attend the 10th anniversary service for their mother Diana. Recognition: Getty

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life And Legacy was published by the princes in 2017.

In the documentary, William stated that the 20th anniversary would be the brothers’ last significant anniversary.

“We’re not going to do this again,” he said in the footage.

“We’re not going to speak about them as openly or publicly anymore because we hope this film shows the other side of close family friends that you may never have heard of before, from those who knew them best, and from remembering those who want to protect her and want to remind people of the person she was.”

Prince William and Prince Harry unveil a statue they commissioned for their mother, Diana. Recognition: Dominik Lipinsky/AP

No formal plans

Along with the documentary, they also commissioned a statue of Diana for Kensington Palace’s sunken garden.

It was unveiled on July 1, 2021, on the princess’ 60th birthday, but there were no speeches or live cameras.

To mark the 10th anniversary, William and Harry organized a service attended by around 100 members of the royal family at the Guards’ Chapel near Buckingham Palace.

On both occasions, members of the public left bouquets of flowers, poems and portraits at the gates of Diana’s former home at Kensington Palace.

Tributes to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Recognition: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

According to Jobson, the same mementos are expected to be left for this anniversary, although there are no formal royal plans.

“William and Harry said on the 20th that they did their documentary, it was done a lot at the time, got a lot of publicity in August, and I think they want to draw a line under it,” Jobson said.

“It’s really difficult, she’s gone from being this iconic figure to being this historical figure. We have the statue and it’s almost like it went down in history.”

Jobson argued that it was ultimately up to William and Harry how to mark the anniversary, explaining that Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth handed over the commemorations.

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James Brien

James Brien is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. James Brien joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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