The Accident In Paris And Responses To Diana's Death
Charles, Earl Spencer Responding To Diana's Death
All those who have come into contact with Diana, particularly over the past seventeen years will share my family's grief. She was unique, she understood the most precious needs of human beings, particularly those that suffered and her vibrancy and sparkle, combined with a very real sense of duty are now gone forever. It is heartbreaking to lose such a human being, especially when she was only thirty-six. This is not a time for recriminations but for sadness. However I would say that I also believed that the press would kill her in the end. But not even I could imagine that they would take such a direct hand in her death, as seems to be the case. It would appear that every proprietor and editor of every publication that has paid for intrusive and exploitative photographs of her, encouraging greedy and ruthless individuals to risk everything in pursuit of Diana's image has blood on his hands today.
Prime Minister Tony Blair Responds To Diana's Death
I feel like everyone else in this country today - utterly devastated. Our thoughts and prayers are with Princess Diana's family, particularly her two sons, the two boys. Our thoughts are with them. We are today a nation in Britain in a state of shock, in mourning, in grief that is so deeply painful for us. She was a wonderful and a warm human being. Though her own life was often sadly touched by tragedy, she touched the lives of so many others in Britain and throughout the world with joy and with comfort. How many times shall we remember her in how many different ways with the sick, the dying, with children, with the needy. When with just a look or a gesture that spoke so much more than words, she would reveal to all of us the depth of her compassion and her humanity. You know how difficult things were for her from time to time, I'm sure we can only guess at, but the people everywhere, not just here in Britain, everywhere, they kept faith with Princess Diana. They liked her, they loved her, they regarded her as one of the people. She was the people's princess and that's how she will stay, how she will remain, in our hearts and in our memories forever.
Her Majesty's Response To Diana's Death
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.
First, I want to pay tribute to Diana myself. She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her - for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys. This week at Balmoral, we have all been trying to help William and Harry come to terms with the devastating loss that they and the rest of us have suffered.
No-one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her. I for one believe that there are lessons to be drawn from her life and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death. I share in your determination to cherish her memory.