This is the touching reason Princess Diana never wore gloves

Princess Diana was seen as quite a rebel throughout her life, and that was especially apparent in her charity work.

Her brother Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, recently opened up to People about the iconic moment in 1987 when Diana shook hands with an AIDS patient in London. The simple act smashed stigmas at a time when public fears about catching the disease were prevalent.

In memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who was killed in an automobile accident in Paris, France on August 31, 1997.
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"She was not really a gloves person," he revealed.

"She was very real and very about human contact," Charles added. "And what really mattered that day was to get across a very clear message that, 'I'm going to touch this gentleman -- and you can all exist in a community with people who are suffering, and we must help."

Likewise, Eleri Lynn, who curated a recent exhibit on Princess Diana, also revealed that while the royal loved fashion, she also wanted to focus on her work, so she found a way to "use fashion to help that."

It's safe to say that Princes Diana was never one to skirt around controversial issues -- including the stigma of AIDS in the early '90s.

"HIV does not make people dangerous to know. You can shake their hands and give them a hug. Heaven knows they need it," Princess Diana once said.

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VENICE, ITALY - MAY 5: (FILE PHOTO) (L-R) Diana the Princess of Wales holds her son Harry, whilst looking at Prince William held by his father Prince Charles on May 5, 1985 in Venice, Italy. Prince William will celebrate his 21st birthday on June 21, 2003. (Photo by Georges de Keerle/Getty Images)
Princes William and Harry with their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) in the garden of Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, 18th July 1986. William is wearing a Dallas Cowboys t-shirt.(Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana At Highgrove With Prince William And Prince Harry Dressed In Miniature Parachute Regiment Uniforms And Playing On Their Slide In The Garden (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana With Her Sons Prince William And Prince Harry Playing With A Playhouse In The Garden Of Their Home Highgrove (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
The Prince and Princess of Wales on holiday with their children, Princes William and Harry, at the Spanish royal residence Marivent Palace, August 1987. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales arriving at Aberdeen airport with her sons William and Harry for a holiday at Balmoral Castle, August 1986. Princess Diana is wearing a polo motive sweater by Mondi. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales at home in Kensington Palace with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 16: Princess Diana And Prince William Leaving After Delivering Prince Harry To Mrs. Mynor's Nursery School. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 11: Diana, Princess Of Wales, Holding A Young Prince Harry In Her Arms As She Watches Trooping The Colour With Prince William And Princess Margaret From The Balcony Of Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
BALMORAL, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 18: Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Harry play on the banks of the River Dee, near Balmoral Castle.during a Summer vacation, on August 18, 1987, in Balmoral, Scotland. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - JANUARY 9: Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince Harry ( centre ), and her Niece's and Nephew's on holiday on Necker Island , on January 9, 1989 in Necker Island, British Virgin Islands. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
BATH - MAY 30: (FILE PHOTO) Prince William, Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Charles, Prince of Wales, attend the wedding of the Duke of Hussey's daughter in May, 1989 in Bath, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 12: (FILE PHOTO) Princess Diana with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry at Wetherby School on September 12, 1989 in London, England. It is Prince Harry's first day at school. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Diana, The Princess Of Wales Takes Her Sons, Prince'S William, And Harry Out On The Boat ' Maid Of The Mist ' To View Niagara Falls. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
CHERTSEY, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 18: Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince Harry, on the Depth Charge ride at Thorpe Park, Theme Park, on April 18, 1992 in Chertsey United Kingdom . (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LECH, AUSTRIA - APRIL 10: Princess Diana With Princes William & Harry Skiing In Lech, Austria (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Diana Princess Of Wales, Prince William & Prince Harry Visit The 'Thorpe Park' Amusement Park. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
AUSTRIA - MARCH 30: Lech: Princess Diana, sons William and Harry going to restaurant in calash In Lech, Austria On March 30, 1993. (Photo by Laurent SOLA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
LECH, AUSTRIA - MARCH 27: Princess Diana With Prince William & Prince Harry In Sleigh During Ski Holiday In Lech, Austria. Behind Are Diana's Friends Kate Menzies And Catherine Soames (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 19: Princess Diana, Prince Harry [ Waving ] And Prince William Watching The Parade Of Veterans On V J Day, The Mall, London. Designer Of Diana's Suit - Tomasz Starzewski (please Check - People Magazine, 04/12/1999) (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
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Diana's commitment to her charity work captivated the world, and she often made headlines for her incredible devotion. There was rarely a day when she wasn't photographed visiting a hospice or school or attending a charity gala.

Her patronages included Centrepoint, an organization working with the homeless, The National Aids Trust and The Leprosy Mission. During her lifetime, the princess was at some point patron of an additional 100 charities.

Another big cause later in Diana's life was tackling the lethal landmines that littered war zones in Angola, Africa and the former Yugoslavia. She made many charity trips overseas to Australia, Bosnia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, and many European countries.

The late royal left behind a a lasting legacy, and now her two children, Prince Harry and William, continue to carry on her work.

The two brothers, alongside William's wife Duchess Kate, have aggressively campaigned for their mental health charity Heads Together this year.

In a series of interviews, William and Harry opened up about the death of their mother. Likewise, Duchess Kate also got candid about the struggles of motherhood, revealing that it can be lonely at times. The media campaign showed a softer, more personal side of the royals the public rarely sees.

As Diana's 20th death anniversary nears, more details have surfaced about her life outside the public eye. Kensington Palace recently released three never-before-seen photos of the Princess of Wales with her two sons. She is also the subject of numerous documentaries and specials that have premiered in the past month.

For more on her death anniversary, watch the video above.

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Thousands of people queue up to sign the condolence book for Diana, Princess of Wales, at St James' Palace in London, September 1. The funeral of the Princess, who died in a car accident in Paris along with her friend Dodi Fayed and their driver, will take place on Saturday, Buckingham Palace announced today. BRITAIN DIANA
A Union flag flies at half mast infront of Westminster Abbey, September 1, where the funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales will be held next Saturday. Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris, August 31, with her friend Dodi Al Fayed and their driver. BRITAIN DIANA
Tourists pass postcards of Princess Diana and Prince Charles at a Marylebone street souvenir shop in London, September 1. The funeral of the princess, who died in a car accident in Paris along with her friend Dodi Fayed and his driver, will take place on September 6. DIANA
A large crowd gathers in front of the Buckingham Palace in London, September 2, to pay tribute to Princess Diana. [The funeral for the Princess, who died in a car accident in Paris on Sunday along with her friend Dodi Al Fayed and his driver, will take place on September 6].
Mourners surround a carpet of flowers outside Kensington Palace September 4 where thousands of mourners have been gathering all week to lay flowers and pay their last respect to Diana, Princess of Wales. The funeral for the Princess, who died in a car accident in Paris along with her friend Dodi Al Fayed and his driver, will take place on September 6. DIANA
Charles, Prince of Wales accompanied by his two sons, Prince Harry (L) and Prince William, thank well-wishers for their tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales, outside Kensington Palace September 5. Spontaneous applause broke out as the princes appeared through a side gate and began to inspect the sea of flowers on the eve of their mother's funeral.
The hearse bearing the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales makes its way through the crowd gathered outside Buckingham Palace after the funeral service at Westminster Abbey, September 6. A million people lined the funeral route through London to pay their last respects to the Princess. DIANA
Prince Charles (R) puts his hand on Prince Harry's (C) shoulder as Prince William looks on after the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, was placed into a hearse September 6. Millions of mourners lined the streets of central London to watch the funeral procession. The Princess died last week in a car crash in Paris. DIANA
Crowds gather to watch on a giant video screen in Hyde Park the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales, at Westminster Abbey September 6. Millions of people lined the streets of London to watch the funeral procesion of the Princess who died in a car crash last week in Paris. DIANA
Earl Spencer (2L) Prince William (3L) , Prince Harry and Prince Charles (R) watch as the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales is placed into a hearse at Westminster Abbey following her funeral service, September 6. Millions of mourners lined the route to pay their respects. DIANA
The Queen (2ndR) and the Queen Mother (L) wait with members of the clergy after the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, September 6. Millions of mourners lined the route taken by the funeral procession. DIANA
Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Earl Spencer and Prince William (L to R) leave Westminster Abbey after a funeral ceremony for Diana, Princess of Wales, September 6. Hundreds of thousands of mourners lined the streets of central London to watch the funeral procession. The Princess died last week in a car crash in Paris. DIANA
The hearse carrying the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, makes its way to a private burial at Althorp following the service at Westminster Abbey, September 6. Millions of people lined the streets of London to watch the funeral procession of the Princess who died in a car crash last week in Paris. DIANA
Mourners weep as the funeral cortege of Diana, Princess of Wales, passes on its way to Westminster Abbey September 6. Millions of people lined the streets of London to watch the funeral procession of the Princess who died in a car crash last week in Paris. DIANA
Mourners react as the gun carriage bearing the body of Diana, Princess of Wales, passes by September 6. Millions of mourners lined the streets of central London to watch the funeral procession. The Princess died last week in a car crash in Paris. DIANA
The hearse carrying the body of Diana, Princess of Wales, travels back down The Mall following the funeral service at Westminster Abbey September 6. Millions of people lined the streets of London to watch the funeral procession of the Princess who died in a car crash last week in Paris. DIANA
Pop-star Elton John sings a rewritten version of his song 'Candle in the wind' as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales at her funeral, September 6. Over a million mourners lined the route of the funeral procession through London. DIANA
The coffin bearing Diana, Princess of Wales, is carried by Welsh Guardsmen through Westminster Abbey during her funeral service, September 6. Over a million people lined the route of the funeral procession through London. DIANA
File photo dated 06/09/97 of Elton John (right) and George Michael (left) leaving Westminster Abbey in London, after the funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales. Pop superstar Mr Michael has died peacefully at home, his publicist said.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997.
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