Kind thoughts for Meghan Markle

Podcast 15 - Forget me, Not - Prince Harry & Meghan Markle & a tribute to the late Princess Diana

September 03, 2020 Jeanette Songolo Episode 15
Kind thoughts for Meghan Markle
Podcast 15 - Forget me, Not - Prince Harry & Meghan Markle & a tribute to the late Princess Diana
Show Notes

This week was going to be a difficult one, for Prince Harry and his brother William. August 31st marked the 23rd anniversary of the tragic death of their mother. Princess Diana’s funeral service took place on September 6th, 1997 at Westminster Abbey before she was laid to rest at her family estate Althorp, in Northamptonshire. 

Since then Prince Harry and now Meghan have frequently honoured his mother’s memory with flowers.  It was only really after her death that her fondness for the humble forget-me -not flower emerged.

  • In 2006 Harry and his friend launched their charity Sentebale. Sentebale means 'Forget-me-not'.
  • In 2017, 20 years after Diana's death, forget-me-nots were included in the memorial flower garden for Princess Diana, the so called White Garden, in London.
  • At the May 2018 marriage between Meghan and Harry, Meghan’s wedding bouquet of spring blooms included forget-me-nots.
  • On Mother’s Day, 2019, Harry and Meghan released a photo on their Instagram account showing baby Archie’s feet against a backdrop of the flowers. 

So we see forget-me-not flowers linking Prince Harry and his family, to his mom.

This past Monday, August 31st, Harry continued to honour his mother during an outing to the Assistance League of Los Angeles, when he and Meghan rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty, helping preschoolers replant the Preschool Learning Centre’s garden. Harry and Meghan planted a mixture of vegetables and flowers and are said to have taken along a packet of forget-me-not seeds to include in the mix. 

Assistance League Los Angeles is one of approximately 120 chapters of this American non-profit, with each chapter dedicated to providing accessibility and fulfillment of community needs at the local level. 

Assistance League was established in 1919 by Anne Banning forming the Assistance League of Southern California.  Her vision was to provide services to all in need, regardless of their race, religion or culture. Her vision laid the foundation for the future of the organization. The Preschool Learning Centre in Los Angeles, is but one of many programs on offer through this chapter.

Again, thanks to Meghan and Harry, I have learned about another organization doing amazing work in the communities across America. Without this organization and the many others across the US and across the world doing similar work, there would be a lot more children having a little less hope in their lives.

Princess Diana then, and now through her sons and their wives, in their dedication to their work and in their kind spirits, need never worry about being forgotten.