This August marks nearly 20 years since the tragic passing of Princess Diana.
Since then, both Prince William and Prince Harry have kept their mother’s passion for activism alive in the work they have done, which many say was one of Diana’s many gifts.
In the upcoming HBO documentary, “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy”, friends of Princess Di open up about her charity work. Elton John is one of those who appears in the special. The former friend of Diana talks about her work promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and how Prince Harry has continued on her legacy.
“She had that incredible ability, which Harry kind of inherited, to make people feel at ease and make them feel that everything’s gonna be all right,” John says in the doc.
“I haven’t experienced many people in my life who have that ability, but she could walk into a room of people and make them feel as if everything was great.”
Diana was one of the earliest public figures to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS treatment when few were willing to do so.
Last December, in an effort to break the stigma about getting tested, Harry and Rihanna got an HIV test while in Barbados. In March, he took a trip to the Leicestershire Aids Support Service, which Princess Diana had visited 25 years ago.
Elton John recalls the impact Diana’s support had on the fight against AIDS. “It was considered to be a gay disease. For someone who was within the Royal Family and who was a woman, and who was straight, to have someone care from the other side, was an incredible gift.”
“Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy” will air Monday, Aug. 31, at 10 p.m. on HBO.