On March 17, 1997, Princess Diana met Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
Princess Diana fulfilled a long-held personal ambition by meeting Nelson Mandela at his holiday home in South Africa on March 17, 1997. Diana was visiting the country privately to see her brother, Charles Spencer. After an hour long meeting in which he praised the Princess for her work with AIDS charities worldwide, the two posed for photos. The President was equally effusive in meeting her as he said, “It’s not often that I meet princesses. I am still trembling.”