Diana ‘best mum in world’


Summary

Rather, it was an image of Diana at her most intimate and unguarded – the princess as a doting mother of William and Harry.

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"To us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world," 22-year-old Harry says.

"She kissed us last thing at night. Her beaming smile greeted us from school.

“She laughed hysterically and uncontrollably when sharing something silly she might have said or done that day," Harry says with a mixture of princely composure and deep feeling.

Week of mourning ends

The memorial service yesterday organised by Prince William and Prince Harry climaxed a week of recalling her life and reviving old battles, albeit in a far lower key than the emotional tidal wave that swept over Britain following her death 10 years ago.

In his eulogy, Harry says it is important "that we remember our mother as she would wish to be remembered, as she was: fun-loving, generous, down to earth and entirely genuine."

The service went off with customary royal dignity, just days after published criticism from one of Diana's friends that persuaded Prince Charles' second wife, Camilla, to abandon plans of attending.

‘End the sniping’

To the princess, her close friends and legions of Dianaphiles, Camilla was the other woman who destroyed the marriage.

Richard Chartres, the bishop of London, called for an end to the sniping.

"Still 10 years after her tragic death there are regular reports of 'fury' at this or that incident and the princess' memory is used for scoring points. Let it end here," Mr Chartres says.

"Let this service mark the point at which we let her rest in peace and dwell on her memory with thanksgiving and compassion."

That may be wishful thinking.

Diana still icon

Diana's face still sells magazines and newspapers, and her story inspires an unending stream of books.

A formal inquest into her death opens later this year.

Mohamed al Fayed, whose son died with Diana in the car crash in Paris, has hired a high-paid legal team to argue that the couple were the victims of an Establishment conspiracy led by the queen's husband, Prince Philip.

A poll commissioned by Channel 4 television suggested that one in four Britons believe Diana was murdered.

Diana's admirers, many of them suspicious of the cause of her death and resentful of Charles, tied bouquets, poems and portraits to the gates of Kensington Palace, her former home.

Tribute to ‘Mum’

For Harry and his older brother William, it was a simple tribute to an adored mother.

"When she was alive, we completely took for granted her unrivalled love of life, laughter, fun and folly," he says.

"She was our guardian, friend and protector. She never once allowed her unfaltering love for us to go unspoken or undemonstrated."

Harry, who was 12 when Diana died, said losing a parent at such a tender age "is indescribably shocking and sad."

Crowd of VIPs

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were among the 500 people in the chapel.

Prince Edward, Charles' younger brother, and his sister, Princess Anne, also were there, as were Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former prime ministers John Major and Tony Blair, and representatives of 110 charities Diana supported.

Mr Al Fayed observed his own two minutes of silence at Harrods, his department store, an hour before the memorial service.

In the past, the royal family had refrained from any public remembrance of the anniversary of the princess' death.

This year, however, William and Harry took the lead in organising the memorial service, as well as a rock concert on Diana's birthday, July 1, which drew 70,000 paying fans.

The Reverend Frank Gelli, who has led an informal service outside Kensington Palace every year, said yesterday's probably would be the last.

"It would be good if the princess was allowed to rest," he says.


Rather, it was an image of Diana at her most intimate and unguarded – the princess as a doting mother of William and Harry.

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"To us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world," 22-year-old Harry says.

"She kissed us last thing at night. Her beaming smile greeted us from school.

“She laughed hysterically and uncontrollably when sharing something silly she might have said or done that day," Harry says with a mixture of princely composure and deep feeling.

Week of mourning ends

The memorial service yesterday organised by Prince William and Prince Harry climaxed a week of recalling her life and reviving old battles, albeit in a far lower key than the emotional tidal wave that swept over Britain following her death 10 years ago.

In his eulogy, Harry says it is important "that we remember our mother as she would wish to be remembered, as she was: fun-loving, generous, down to earth and entirely genuine."

The service went off with customary royal dignity, just days after published criticism from one of Diana's friends that persuaded Prince Charles' second wife, Camilla, to abandon plans of attending.

‘End the sniping’

To the princess, her close friends and legions of Dianaphiles, Camilla was the other woman who destroyed the marriage.

Richard Chartres, the bishop of London, called for an end to the sniping.

"Still 10 years after her tragic death there are regular reports of 'fury' at this or that incident and the princess' memory is used for scoring points. Let it end here," Mr Chartres says.

"Let this service mark the point at which we let her rest in peace and dwell on her memory with thanksgiving and compassion."

That may be wishful thinking.

Diana still icon

Diana's face still sells magazines and newspapers, and her story inspires an unending stream of books.

A formal inquest into her death opens later this year.

Mohamed al Fayed, whose son died with Diana in the car crash in Paris, has hired a high-paid legal team to argue that the couple were the victims of an Establishment conspiracy led by the queen's husband, Prince Philip.

A poll commissioned by Channel 4 television suggested that one in four Britons believe Diana was murdered.

Diana's admirers, many of them suspicious of the cause of her death and resentful of Charles, tied bouquets, poems and portraits to the gates of Kensington Palace, her former home.

Tribute to ‘Mum’

For Harry and his older brother William, it was a simple tribute to an adored mother.

"When she was alive, we completely took for granted her unrivalled love of life, laughter, fun and folly," he says.

"She was our guardian, friend and protector. She never once allowed her unfaltering love for us to go unspoken or undemonstrated."

Harry, who was 12 when Diana died, said losing a parent at such a tender age "is indescribably shocking and sad."

Crowd of VIPs

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were among the 500 people in the chapel.

Prince Edward, Charles' younger brother, and his sister, Princess Anne, also were there, as were Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former prime ministers John Major and Tony Blair, and representatives of 110 charities Diana supported.

Mr Al Fayed observed his own two minutes of silence at Harrods, his department store, an hour before the memorial service.

In the past, the royal family had refrained from any public remembrance of the anniversary of the princess' death.

This year, however, William and Harry took the lead in organising the memorial service, as well as a rock concert on Diana's birthday, July 1, which drew 70,000 paying fans.

The Reverend Frank Gelli, who has led an informal service outside Kensington Palace every year, said yesterday's probably would be the last.

"It would be good if the princess was allowed to rest," he says.