Today, August 31st, marks 20 years since the death of the late Princess Diana. And as the public mourn the loss of ‘The People’s Princess’ all over again, The Duchess of Cambridge is taking an emotional step to honour her late mother-in-law.

Prince William has opened up about the pain of losing his mother at such as young age. And, as his wife and confidante, Kate knows only too well the impact this devastating loss continues to have on his life.

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The Duchess of Cambridge visit the Princess Diana memorial garden at Kensington Palace with Prince William and Prince Harry

In a speech given earlier this year at ‘Youth Service Organisation Best Beginnings’, The Duchess described the importance of the mother-child bond. She said that becoming a parent was a “rewarding and wonderful experience”. And one in which you go from being an individual to “being a mother, first and foremost”.

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Now, according reports, the mother-of-two has decided to take action to help her husband rekindle an important relationship that will continue to keep Diana’s amazing memory alive. Insiders told Woman magazine that The Duchess is keen to build bridges between the royal family and Diana’s brother, Charles – Earl of Spencer

“Kate’s playing peacemaker to help heal the 20-year rift with Diana’s brother Earl Spencer and the royals – it’s time to forgive and forget,” they revealed.

The rift between The Earl of Spencer and the royals is said to have been sparked on the day of his late sister’s funeral on the 6th September 1997.

Here, Diana’s brother delivered an emotional funeral oration that not only paid tribute to his beloved sister, but also held her up as a strong woman. Crucially one whose impact went far beyond her royal title.

“Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty,” he said. “All over the world she was a symbol of selfless humanity. All over the world, a standard bearer for the rights of the truly downtrodden. A very British girl who transcended nationality.

“Someone with a natural nobility who was classless. And who proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic.”

Continuing Charles also referred to the Spencers as Diana’s “blood family” before saying they would do all they can to steer William and Harry, “so that their souls are not simply immersed by duty and tradition but can sing openly as you planned.”

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A well placed source told Woman that this “shocking speech” was one the “royals wouldn’t forget in a hurry”. But despite the potentially explosive nature of Charles’s speech, and the years that have passed since it, it seems that Kate, at least, is ready to extend an olive branch.

As the palace insider explained, “Kate knows how much William misses his mother. And what the royal reconciliation would mean to him to have the Spencer family back in the fold.”

“William also listens to Kate, as he knows her advice is good.”

“And they both want any difficulties to be sorted and the family reunited while the Queen is alive.” With the Duchess of Cambridge at work, anything’s possible.