London: Princes William and Harry are reportedly all set to make an emotional return to the home they grew up in with their mother Princess Diana who died in a Paris car crash in 1997.

Both the Princes will honour the legacy of the late Princess of Wales by using her Kensington Palace apartment for charity events, turning it into "a house of joy again", a newspaper reported.

 Diana's apartments 8 and 9 were stripped bare and lay vacant for 10 years after her death.

But, work has now begun on renovating the state rooms at Apartment 8 in readiness for
the Princes' return in 2013.

A Royal spokesman has confirmed that William and Harry will use Diana's former home for entertaining and holding receptions for their own charities.

He said: "Neither of the princes wanted to move into their mother's old apartment as a home but both see their futures at Kensington Palace.

Apartment 8 is partly being turned into offices and the state rooms will be used by both
the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry."

Meanwhile, Prince Harry has earmarked his own apartment at the palace most closely associated with his mother when he marries and starts a family.

And, last month, Clarence House revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will move into Princess Margaret's former home at apartment 1A.

The Princes have made no secret of their desire to keep their mother's memory alive and their decision to make use of her former home shows their determination to continue her charitable legacy.

(Agencies)