It was a iconic photograph that put a human face to Diana's bid to ban landmines and rid the world of the devastating impact they cause.
And for 16-year-old Sandra Tigica, who Diana comforted that day in Angola, it was one that provided hope that her life would also transform.
But 22 years on from the meeting at a centre for amputees in Angola, it is now a stpry of dashed dreams and not the "fairy tale" she thought her life had become.
Although she has not said so publicly in past, Sandra says that day she was "promised some support" on top of the "toys" she asked for and were sent.
And the land mine victim says she is sure she would have got some had the princess not tragically died in a car crash in Paris that same year.
Sandra, who is now 38, described how the day she learnt of the news, she asked through tears whether she would be forgotten.
And now more than two decades later she is left with thoughts of what might have been
She told the Daily Mail that she believes if she went to The Princess of Wales' funeral in London she would have got some support.
But instead, and despite her high profile in her home nation, she says she can barley dress the five children she has gone on to have.
She says it took her many years to earn enough money to finish her studies and even though she got her qualifications she can't afford college fees.
"I'm happy," she told the paper.
But, although she's a public figure in Angola and was elected Miss Mine Survivor in 2008, she added: "But it isn't easy. My entire salary goes on food and I can barely dress the children."
The mother-of-five has children aged between 14 and 14 months - and one named after the princess - but does not know the whereabouts of her soldier husband.
It means she has to support her family on her £171-a-month income alone in a home where her one decoration is a portrait of Diana.
Although she was measured for a prosthetic limb when she met the princess, she does not wear one, because it is too short and doesn't fit.
She says if she could put qualifications to use, she'd like to follow in the footsteps of the woman she met all those years ago.
Later this month, Sandra will meet Prince Harry who is flying to Africa to finish his mother's unfinished landmine campaign.
The pair met previously when in 2007 she flew to Wembley for the ten-year memorial concert of Diana's death.
And she believes Harry and brother William have inherited their mother's caring nature.
"When I went to England they kneeled down when they spoke to me. I loved them for that. They are really good people - a good family."