During a visit to London’s Mildmay Mission Hospital earlier this week, Prince Harry reminisced about his late mother, Princess Diana, with patients who knew The People’s Princess prior to her tragic death.
Prince Harry with Kerry Reeves-Kneip at Mildmay Mission Hospital.
While touring the hospital, Harry, 31, met a woman, now 26, who had previously spent time with Diana as a two-year-old patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital in the early 1990s. “Your mother’s lap was so comfortable and I cuddled into her,” she recalled to the royal, who sweetly replied, “I remember that too.”
Prior to her death from a car accident at age 36 in 1997, Diana helped break down the international stigma surrounding HIV by often interacting with HIV-positive patients during hospital visits. According to Us Weekly, Harry similarly spoke with at least 26 patients — and was spotted holding their hands and cracking jokes — while touring Mildmay Mission Hospital on Monday, Dec. 14.
Princess Diana meeting an HIV-positive patient in 1996.
“[Diana] gave a lot of love and comfort to the people here,” the hospital’s Director of Fundraising Kerry Reeves-Kneip reportedly told Harry of his mother. “She was absolutely incredible.”