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January 20, 2023

Mother Teresa and Princess Diana in New York City, June 1997

Princess Diana had an unlikely friendship with Mother Teresa. Diana is known affectionately as “The People’s Princess” and was known for her advocacy work. Mother Teresa was a nun and a missionary, as well as the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. She was dedicated to helping the less fortunate and she was canonized as a saint in 2016. On the two times they both met, they each learned from the other. Diana and Mother Teresa cared for helping the poor and less fortunate, which is something they bonded deeply over.

After Diana’s tragic death, Mother Teresa gave a statement in honor of the beloved Princess. “Diana was extremely sympathetic to poor people — and very lively, and homely, too. All the sisters and I are praying for her and for all members of her family,” said Mother Teresa.

The friends would only meet twice in their lives, but they died within just days of one another. The pair prayed together, which reportedly was able to give Diana strength to deal with the situation surrounding her separation with Prince Charles.

During Diana’s last summer, she visited with Mother Teresa in New York City. They walked the streets of the Bronx and spent a brief 40 minutes together. Mother Teresa was already in a poor state of health, but she took the time to see Diana. Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997, in a car accident in Paris. Mother Teresa would follow her that same year only days apart on September 5, 1997, in India.

Even though they only met twice, both Princess Diana and Mother Teresa had a profound influence on one another. They both were striving throughout their lives to help the less fortunate, and their legacies certainly live on through their charitable good works.

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