Prince William banishes ghosts of the past with Taj Mahal photo

Prince William banished the ghosts of the past as he sat down with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, on the same marble bench as his late mother, Princess Diana, at the Taj Mahal.

Of all the hundreds of thousands of photographs of Princess Diana, it is among the most famous - and certainly the most significant.

For five poignant minutes, the Princess sat on a bench in front of the India's shimmering monument to love and one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

Her presence there alone in February 1992 was one of the most enduring images of the collapse of her marriage to Prince Charles.

Last night - 24 years later - Diana's son William made his own pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal to create, he says, "new memories" of his own.

The couple arrived at the landmark monument at 3.40pm (10.10pm NZ time) accompanied by a guide.

They walked through the famous garden before William guided Kate to the bench and they sat down.

As they left the prince said: "It is beautiful, isn't it. It was overwhelming."

The visit marked the end of the couple's tour of India and Bhutan.

Princess Diana sits in front of the Taj Mahal in the Indian city of Agra, Tuesday Feb. 11, 1992. Photo / AP
Princess Diana sits in front of the Taj Mahal in the Indian city of Agra, Tuesday Feb. 11, 1992. Photo / AP

- Daily Mail

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