Wills and Kate to visit Paris 20 years after Diana's death

Sarah Carty

Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced an official royal trip to Paris 20 years after Princess Diana died in a car crash in the city.

The 34-year-old prince hasn’t officially visited the French capital since his mother passed away but now he’s set to spend two days in March carrying out royal engagements there with his wife.

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William and Kate will make eight official visits around Paris, attending a black tie event and also the Wales V France Nations test.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit Paris on an official engagement for the first time since Princess Diana passed away 20-years-ago. Photo: Getty

The world was stunned when Princess Diana did in a car crash in Paris in 1997, leaving 15-year-old William and 12-year-old Prince Harry devastated.

Diana was in a car traveling along at the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel with boyfriend Dodi Fayed when the fatal crash occurred.

This year marks 20-years since the princess passed away and it was also revealed last week that she’s being commemorated with a statue in the grounds of her old home.

Prince William and Prince Harry have announced that plans are in the works to erect a monument of their beloved mother in the public gardens at Kensington Palace.

Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in the French capital in 1997. Photo: Getty

A message on the official Kensington Palace Twitter feed stated: "At the request of The Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry a statue of Diana, Princess of Wales is to be erected at Kensington Palace."

There are already three London-based monuments, which pay their respects to the princess.

According to the princes, now "the time is right to recognise her positive impact".

"It has been 20 years since our mother's death and the time is right to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue,” they said in a statement.

A statue of Princess Diana is set to be erected in the grounds of Kensington Palace. Photo: Getty.
Princess Diana's sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, have organised a committee to oversea the funding. Photo: Getty.

"Our mother touched so many lives.

“We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy."

According to the statement, a committee has been organized to help raise funds for the creation of the statue.

“The committee will advise on the selection of the sculptor and will work with Historic Royal Palaces on the statue's installation in the public gardens at Kensington Palace,” it read.

Their grandmother Queen Elizabeth added that she "supports" her grandchildren commemorating their mother.

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