The people′s reaction on Diana′s death
The nation and the world still grieves for the loss of Diana. And the
time has come for serious questions to be asked, and serious actions to
be taken by all who loved Diana, cherish her memory and wish to continue
making a tribute to her life by involving themselves with these Issues.
The paparazzi have been blamed for driving the Princess to her death,
and whatever their actual direct involvement on the tragic night of the
crash were, there is no doubt that Diana has been hounded by
photographers and the press, in an ever-increasing frenzy to reveal
aspects of her ′private life′.
Even at the funeral the photographers actions were dispicable. And they
were ′generous′ enough to mention a couple of newspapers they were
involved with; "The Telegraph" and "The Observer" - ′quality′ papers.
The were constantly taking photos of nothing in particular. They did not
even have the respect to stop taking pictures during the funeral service
- instead they took photos of the most upset people they could point a
camera lens at. Constantly during the service they were still clicking
away. Even during the minute silence, they continued.
To my mind, this proves that these photographers were not present for
even the slightest sense of paying respect - indeed I don′t think they
knew what respect was. I wholeheartedly agree with the delivery of Earl
Spencers oratory. True goodness as was seen in Diana, was always a
threat to the lowlife that dare to photograph ′in the public interest′
and yet are not sensibly reporting news but deliberately stirring up
antagonism. The press certainly did not improve their reputation with
Earl Spencer: "It is a more remarkable tribute to Diana than I can ever
hope to offer her today. Diana was the very essence of compassion, of
duty, of style, of beauty. All over the world she was a symbol of
selfless humanity, a standard-bearer for the rights of the truly
downtrodden, a truly British girl who transcended nationality, someone
with a natural nobility who was classless, who proved in the last year
that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular
brand of magic. ... But your greatest gift was your intuition, and it
was a gift you used wisely. This is what underpinned all your wonderful
attributes. ... Without your God-given sensitivity, we would be immersed
in greater ignorance at the anguish of AIDS and HIV sufferers, the
plight of the homeless, the isolation of lepers, the random destruction
of land mines. ... The world sensed this part of her character and
cherished her for her vulnerability, whilst admiring her for her
honesty. ... There is no doubt that she was looking for a new direction
in her life at this time. She talked endlessly of getting away from
England, mainly because of the treatment she received at the hands of
the newspapers. ... My own, and only, explanation is that genuine
goodness is threatening to those at the opposite end of the moral
spectrum. It is a point to remember that of all the ironies about Diana,
perhaps the greatest is this; that a girl given the name of the ancient
goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern
age. She would want us today to pledge ourselves to protecting her
beloved boys William and Harry from a similar fate. And I do this here,
Diana, on your behalf. We will not allow them to suffer the anguish that
used regularly to drive you to tearful despair. ... We fully respect the
heritage into which they have both been born, and will always respect
and encourage them in their royal role. But we, like you, recognize the
need for them to experience as many different aspects of life as
possible, to arm them spiritually and emotionally for the years ahead.
... I would like to end by thanking God for the small mercies he has
shown us at this dreadful time; for taking Diana at her most beautiful
and radiant and when she had so much joy in her private life. Above all,
we give thanks for the life of a woman I am so proud to be able to call
my sister: the unique the complex, the extraordinary and irreplaceable
Diana, whose beauty, both internal and external, will never be
extinguished from our minds."
The Queen spoke to the nation live at 6,00 p.m. on Friday, 5 September,
from the Chinese Dining Room at Buckingham Palace: "Since last Sunday′s
dreadful news we have seen, throughout Britain and around the world, an
overwhelming expression of sadness at Diana′s death. We have all been
trying in our different ways to cope. It is not easy to express a sense
of loss, since the initial shock is often succeeded by a mixture of
other feelings: disbelief, incomprehension, anger - and concern for
those who remain. We have all felt those emotions in these last few
days. So what I say to you now, as your Queen and as a grandmother, I
say from my heart. ... This is also an opportunity for me, on behalf of
my family, and especially Prince Charles and William and Harry, to thank
all of you who have brought flowers, sent messages and paid your
respects in so many ways to a remarkable person. ... May those who died
rest in peace and may we, each and every one of us, thank God for
someone who made many, many people happy."
As the nation and the world mourned Diana, Princess of Wales, Charles,
William and Harry went to church on the Balmoral estate. The two boys,
grief stricken but calm, filed sombrely inside with the Queen and other
members of the Royal Family to pray for the dead Princess.
The Queen and the Prince of Wales are "deeply shocked and distressed by
this terrible news", said Buckingham Palace.
Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, speaking from Manila said: "I was
fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the Princess on her
international charity work. I believe what has happened is a tragic loss
at a young age to someone who had shown great courage and determination
in drawing attention to serious issues."
Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "I am utterly devastated. The whole of
our country, all of us, will be in a state of shock and mourning. Diana
was a wonderful, warm and compassionate person who people, not just in
Britain, but throughout the world loved and will be mourned as a friend.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, particularly her two sons,
and with all the families bereaved in this quite appalling tragedy."
Dodi Fayed′s father, Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed, said the deaths
were "appalling and quite needless. The world has lost a princess who is
Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown said: "Like, I suspect, everyone
else in the nation, I am speechless with shock at the horror and sadness
at this terrible tragedy. "My thoughts and prayers go to her family both
near and far."
The Duchess of York said she had "lost a sister". A statement from her
office stated: "The Duchess has lost someone she has always considered a
sister and a best friend."
Tributes to Princess Diana have been coming in form all over the world.
President Nelson Mandela spoke for many as he paid homage to Diana
outside his private residence in South Africa: "I had the honour of
hosting her a few months ago and was tremendously impressed by her. She
was undoubtedly one of the best ambassadors of Great Britain." he said.
President Bill Clinton said Diana was someone whose good deeds,
including her crusade against anti-personnel land mines, he admired very
President Boris Yeltsin expressed his deep sorrow on hearing the news
from Paris: "She was well known and loved by the Russian people. All
know of Princess Diana′s big contribution to charitable work, and not
only in Great Britain." it said.
Tenor Luciano Pavarotti said: "My heart is full of grief and pain, Lady
Diana was the most beautiful symbol of humanity and love for all the
world. She touched my life in an extraordinary way...She can never be
replaced and I will always remember her with deep love and joy."
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl was dismayed at the sudden death of
Britain′s Princess Diana and blamed the media for the tragedy. "It is
with dismay and great sorrow that I learnt of the tragic death of
Princess Diana. Many people in Germany loved her because of her openness
and humanitarian engagement. Princess Diana has also become the victim
of an increasingly brutal and unscrupulous competitive fight of a
section of the media. This terrible accident and her death should
finally give those responsible in the media something to think about."
French President Jacques Chirac mourned the princess as a woman who was
"warm, full of life and generosity" and said her death would be deeply
felt around the world. "I learn of the brutal death of Princess Diana
with profound grief," a spokesman quoted him as saying. "She was a young
woman of our times, warm, full of life and generosity. Her tragic death
will be deeply felt because she was a familiar figure to everyone."
Annick Cojean of the French daily newspaper Le Monde who recently
published a controversial interview with the princess said: "She was not
afraid of showing compassion and we talked about that. She told me how
important it was to touch people of any age. She said at any step in
their lives, people want to have someone feeling close to them," she
In my opinion Princess Diana will always be one of the persons, who
everybody will keep in their minds. She was a woman, who tried to make a
better world and a lot of people are thankful for her commitment and her
cooperativeness to be there for the poors, who need her help.