The Duke of Cambridge surprised royal fans outside Kensington Palace yesterday as they held a vigil to mark his late mum's birthday.
It's said six people gathered early on Monday to honour Princess Diana on what would have been her 58th birthday.
But they were left stunned when William walked through the palace gates with security to greet and speak to them for several minutes.
The Duke of Cambridge stuns well-wishers by greeting them in person after they hold all-day vigil outside Kensington Palace to mark Princess Diana’s birthday (01 July 2019) https://t.co/Ol0AEpQZ7A pic.twitter.com/3Tm4zC8Qsc
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Well-wisher John Loughrey told the Daily Mail: "William told me he knew we'd been coming here for years and thanked us for what we were doing for his mother. I'm still shaking now. I feel very emotional.
"He said 'I'm touched by what you do, you've got quite the collection'. I told him that I pray for his mother every Sunday at Westminster Abbey and he seemed really touched.
We just want to make sure it is right. It's important to get it right.
"He shook my hand three times, he has a really firm shake, and I felt a beautiful feeling go through my body."
Meanwhile, another fan called Maria Scott said after meeting William, he "really is his mother's son".
William also spoke to the fans about the statue Ian Rank-Broadley is sculpting, which will celebrate Diana's "life and legacy" and be placed outside the palace.
Revealing when it will be ready, William is reported to have told the crowd: "Soon, very soon. We just want to make sure it is right. It's important to get it right."
Princess Diana died in a car crash in a Paris tunnel on 31 August 1997 when she was just 36.
William, who was just 15-years-old when Diana died, said in new BBC documentary, A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health: "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.
"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.
"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."
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