- On this day in history, Nelson Mandela met with Princess Diana in Cape Town
- The late member of the royal family visited Mzansi to discuss the threat of Aids
- Madiba reportedly called Diana "beautiful" and a photo of their meeting warmed hearts across the world
On 17 March, 1997, then-president Nelson Mandela met with the beautiful Princess Diana in Cape Town, only five months before her tragic death.
A photo capturing the meeting between Mandela and Diana was seen around the world and it even caught the attention of Prince Harry during a visit in SA in 2015.
According to IOL, Madiba met Princess Diana at his residence Genadendal in Cape Town on this day 23 years ago.
An original article at the time published by political correspondent Clive Sawyer said it was "love at first sight".
Sawyer wrote Mandela reportedly called Diana "beautiful" and she said she was "thrilled" to meet the father of the nation.
Briefly.co.za learned that Diana was in South Africa to discuss the impact Aids was having on the country.
The photo of the power duo's meeting was gifted to Prince Harry during a visit in South Africa with Meghan last year.
The Duke of Sussex was only 12 when the photo was taken and it immediately caught his attention during a previous visit.
Meanwhile, in other royal news, Briefly.co.za previously reported Meghan Markle reportedly got emotional during a farewell party in the UK before she headed back to Canada to be reunited with her son, Archie.
Sources described Meghan as "quietly devastated" during her last private function - which was a meeting with students who have received scholarships from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) at Buckingham Palace.
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