On 31 August 1997, 36-year-old Princess Diana died following a horrific car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris.
This led to huge expressions of emotion from those who knew her and from the public.
Tony Blair, still fresh in his job as Prime Minister, was one of many notable people the press asked for reactions.
His response was poignant and memorable. He scribbled a speech on the back of an envelope, and said:
“She was the people’s princess and that is how she will stay, how she will remain in our hearts and our memories forever.”
Since then, the phrase “the People’s Princess” has been indissolubly linked to Diana: it was a name she deserved, which is why she is still called that all these years after her death.
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In a recent interview Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, stated that William and Harry had been obliged to follow the funeral, since their father, prince Charles, had received some threats and the British authorities authorized his presence at the service only if accompanied by his children.
Concerns over the father’s safety were more important than the pain of two orphaned children…