Princess Diana's plea HIV / AIDS has gone beyond what cameras have captured in her lifetime.
Behind the scenes, she developed a close bond with Elizabeth Glaser, the wife of actor Paul Michel Glaser from " Starsky and Hutch renamed.
" Diana called my mom a lot in the last year of her life, "said Glaser's son Jake Glaser. People magazine in this week's issue leading up to World AIDS Day on December 1.
"It 's the love of support and protect their children who brought them together "shared the 37-year-old woman.
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Elizabeth Glaser, AIDS activist. (Photo by Jeffrey Markowitz / Sygma via Images)
According to media outlet, Glaser contracted HIV from emergency blood transfusion after bleeding while giving birth to his daughter Ariel in 1981. It was two months after the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States, Glaser unknowingly passed it on to Ariel through breast milk, and then to Jake when he was born in 1984. Her husband was the only family member not infected, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Ariel died in 1988 at the age of 7. Despite her grief , Glaser was determined to raise awareness of the devastating fight against AIDS. Glaser traveled to Washington and met with members of the Consandstone, as well as President Reagan. She created the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) to fund research and stop the spread of the deadly disease, the outlet noted.
According to Jake, Glaser and Diana met through the 'Via a mutual friend and the pair quickly became friends.
"The strongest parallel between Princess Diana and my mother was certainly their love and defense of children ", said Jake.
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Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) visiting AIDS patients at University Hospital from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 25, 1991. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Images)
Jake told the media that after from "long " phone calls, the women learned that they were both going to be in Martha 's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in August 1994.
"Mycousins have a home on Martha 's Vineyard, and it was truly our safe space - our escape from the madness of life, to go have fun and see our family "he said. explained. "We invited Diana over to the house and she came over.
According to Jake, the two mothers bonded to have boys. He and Diana's youngest son, Prince Harry , are the same age.
"They really hit it off from the first moment," he said. "She was there for her as a friend and [a] voice of support. "
Elizabeth Glaser addresses the Democratic National Nominating Convention in Madison Square Garden. Elizabeth Glaser was a leading American AIDS activist and children's advocate, married to actor and director Paul Michael Glaser. She contracted HIV very early in the modern AIDS epidemic after receiving a transfusion of HIV contaminated blood in 1981 during childbirth. Glaser died in 1994. (Photo by MarkReinstein / Corbis via Images)
The outlet shared this even though Glaser 's health deteriorated, Diana continued to call her friend. Someone would hold the phone to Glaser's ear so she could hear Diana's words of encouragement.
Glaser lost her battle on December 3, 1994, at age 47 . Today Jake said he was determined to keep his mother's legacy alive.
"Harry is his mother's son, as I am my mother's son ", did he declare. "We are always looking for fun opportunities to continue supporting everyone's work, both on the foundation side, but also as individuals.
Jake also shared that he and Harry bonded during the International AIDS Conference. in 2016.
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Princess Diana died in 1997 from her injuries in a Paris car accident at the age of 36. (Jayne Fincher / Princess Diana Archive / Image)
"It's not very often that you can let your hair down and chat with a prince "he said.
Jake hopes to reconnect with Harry soon and commemorate the work their mothers started in their advocacy.
" Who knows what the future may hold for us, "he said. "We could have another photo of Harry and I in the vineyard, one day celebrating the eradication of HIV and AIDS.
Diana died in 1997 from wounds she suffered. she suffered in a car accident in Paris. She was 36 years old. Her two sons honored their late mother by naming their daughters after her: Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Mountbatten-Windsor and Lilibet "Lili " Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.