Kate Middleton Pays Sweet Tribute To Princess Diana In New Flower Show Garden

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has had a busy month working on a botanical design project. In early May, the royal finally unveiled her Back to Nature Garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Kate, who has been a vocal advocate for the benefits of nature on physical and mental health, designed the garden with landscape artists Andree Davies and Adam White. The trio put a lot of thoughtful elements to help families reconnect with nature, including a stream, waterfalls, a tree house and a rope swing.

“It’s a natural space, a really exciting space, for kids and adults alike to share and explore,” Kate told media outlets. “I really feel that nature, being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on physical and mental well-being particularly for young kiddies.”

Kate, whose family always comes first, also made sure to add her personal touches to the green project. The mother of three paid tribute to some of her family members through the details in the garden,  

Not only did she model the waterfall after the one found at the Queen’s Sandringham estate, she also grew beetroots and carrots in honor of the Monarch. Queen Elizabeth II used to grow these vegetables in her own garden when she was a young girl.

Kate’s special garden also features forget-me-nots, which were Princess Diana’s favorite flowers. In the photos shared by Kensington Palace, the future queen can be seen planting the flower ahead of the Chelsea Flower Show, which is an event that the late Princess of Wales attended several times.

This isn’t the first time that the Chelsea Flower Show included a tribute to the People’s Princess. In 2013, Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale designed a garden that featured the flowers.

Kate isn’t the only royal who has used forget-me-nots to pay tribute to Diana in the last few weeks. For Mother’s Day, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a sweet message on their Instagram account, accompanied by a photo of their newborn son’s feet and a field of the small blue flowers in the background.

Princess Diana’s love for the flowers started at a young age when she received them from her brother.

“Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, gave some forget-me-nots to her when they were younger. They stayed with her as one of her favorite flowers, so it was important to include them,” Sean Harkin, head gardener at Kensington Palace, told Vogue.

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While Diana showed preference for forget-me-nots, she still had an appreciation for all greenery.

“She would stop by and talk to the gardeners when she was living here,” Harkin explained. “She might be going out for a jog or a walk in the park and if it was early and it was quiet, she would have a chat with them.”

Well, there is no doubt that Diana would’ve loved Kate’s garden and inspiration behind it. The garden is such a hit that the royal has been invited to co-design a second one at the London show.

According to Town & Country, the second show will feature some of Kate’s original designs as well as “many elements” of the first one.

We’re looking forward to seeing what the new garden will offer.

Prince William Opens Up About Losing Princess Diana

It’s hard to imagine losing your mother, especially at such a young age. For Prince William and Prince Harry, they unfortunately know this pain too well. When they were just 15 and 12 respectively, Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car accident. The boys had to grow up in the royal spotlight with no guidance from their mother, something that clearly affected them.

Harry has spoken about his anger towards the paparazzi in the past, saying he wishes they did something to help his mother.

“I think one of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people that chased her into the tunnel were the same people that were taking photographs of her while she was still dying on the back seat of the car,” said Harry. “She’d had quite a severe head injury but she was very much still alive on the back seat. And those people that caused the accident, instead of helping, were taking photographs of her dying on the back seat.”

Prince William will often speak fondly of his mother, as well, but now he’s speaking out about the immense pain he felt after Diana’s untimely death. His Royal Highness is participating in a BBC special called A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health, which aims to take away the stigma of speaking about your emotions, especially among men.

“I think when you are bereaved at a very young age, anytime really, but particularly at a young age — I can resonate closely to that — you feel a pain like no other pain,” William says of Diana’s death. “And you know that in your life it’s going to be very difficult to come across something that is going to be an even worse pain than that.”

William also points out, however, that grief can bring people closer together as they try to heal.

“It also brings you so close to all those other people out there who have been bereaved. So instantly, when you talk to someone else… You can almost see it in their eyes sometimes. They want to talk about it. But they want you to go first, they want you to say “it’s okay,” they want to have you permission.

The prince also acknowledges that British people often have a habit of holding in their emotions, but says needs to change.

“I think particularly in Britain as well we are nervous about our emotions,” he admitted. We are a bit embarrassed sometimes. The British stiff-upper-lip thing, that’s great and we need to have that sometimes when times are really hard, there has to be a moment for that. But otherwise, we’ve got to relax a little bit and be able to talk about our emotions, because we’re not robots.”

Diana’s death has become a little more centric recently after the birth of Prince Harry’s first child with wife Meghan Markle. Dennis van der Stroom, a former soldier who met Prince Harry at the Invictus Games, says the prince is having a tough time grappling with raising a child without his mom, but takes comfort knowing he’s not alone.

“I told Harry about my mother and we talked about our shared experience of missing a mom,” van der Stroom said. “He said missing a mother is like missing some kind of security, how you need that as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother. He said he meets a lot of people in his work who have lost a mother, father, sister, brother or relatives and when he hears their story, as he heard my story, he said he doesn’t feel so alone.”

The BBC special will air Sunday, May 19th. It will be interesting to hear William speak on mental health issues, especially as part of one of (if not the) most powerful families in the world.

Will you check out this TV special?