Princess Diana’s Brother Charles Spencer Gave a Chilling Speech at Her Funeral That Still Resonates

Princess Diana funeral

The world was still reeling from Princess
Diana’s death when she was laid to rest on Sept. 6, 1997. No one could believe
that the vibrant, beautiful mother of two was really gone forever after being
involved in a tragic car accident in Paris.

The Princess of Wales had a dramatic, public
royal funeral that culminated in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Two
thousand people attended the event while a record 32 million watched on television,
making it one of the
most popular televised events in history.

Everything about that day — from her young sons William and
Harry stoically
following her coffin to Elton John’s special song — remains etched on the
hearts of everyone who watched. But it was Diana’s brother Charles who really
made waves with his epic eulogy that’s still just as shocking today as it was
then.

Princess Diana funeral | David Levenson/Getty ImagesThe royal family didn’t expect Princess Diana’s brother to
be so harsh

It’s no secret that Diana’s relatives had negative feelings toward the royal family. When Diana married Charles, she was a naïve yet hopeful young woman seeking true love. But by the time she died, Diana was jaded, bitter, and impossibly scarred by her disastrous marriage and being hounded by the media. While the royals weren’t directly responsible for Diana’s death, they weren’t innocent either.

Diana’s younger brother Charles, the ninth Earl Spencer, held nothing back during his speech. Funeral attendees may have been expecting a tearful remembrance of Diana’s life. Instead, they felt the full brunt of her brother’s fury at those he felt were responsible for her death.

Charles Spencer’s was direct and honest speaking about Diana’s
legacy

Earl Spencer | John Stillwell – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

It’s been decades since Princess Diana’s funeral, yet people
still remember it now — especially
that speech.

Charles started out praising Diana, but not pretending she
was someone she wasn’t.

“Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty. All over the world she was a symbol of selfless humanity. All over the world, a standard bearer for the rights of the truly downtrodden, a very British girl who transcended nationality. Someone with a natural nobility who was classless and who proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic.

There is a temptation to rush to canonize your memory, there is no need to do so. You stand

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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