Princess Diana lovers gather at the gates of Kensington Palace on the occasion of 22 years after her death
& # 39; A few years after the death of Diana and Dodi I had to interview Mohamed Al-Fayed for this newspaper. I had gone to his flat in Park Lane. He opened the door, shook my hand but still refused to do the interview (he was notoriously fickle). However, he said he wanted to show me something, but I didn't have to write about it.
& # 39; The & # 39; something & # 39; turned out to be Dodi's flat, which was next to his. I was shocked by the sight of it. It was the scariest, most unnatural thing I had ever seen, as something from Edgar Allan Poe.
& # 39; Nothing had been touched since Dodi last left it. There were cigar butts in film-like ashtrays and moldy half-eaten chocolates in saucers on tables with plastic casings. Dodi's shoes were on the floor and some of his clothes were around. A maid made the bed all the time, as if Dodi were about to return. Pajamas were laid on the pillow. The place smelled of decay and preservative.
Michael Whitlam, former Director General of the British Red Cross, said: & # 39; Since her death I have had to look back many, many times on the ten years or so that I knew Diana, and think: & # 39; What kind of person was she? Was she a helpful, positive person? & # 39; And she usually gets nine out of ten & # 39;
& # 39; And Diana was everywhere. It was as if Fayed had married them to death. Terrible chocolate boxes from her (some over the entire length) hung over the walls.
& # 39; God knows who did them, but they were horrible. She and Dodi grinned hand in hand from them (I think she was wearing a ring), or she stood alone in a floating pastel dress like something from a Barbara Cartland romance – nothing like she was in real life.
& # 39; Fayed showed me around this fantastic shrine, room by room, as if it were nothing special. He even turned to a maid to make sure she made Dodi's bed properly.
& # 39; I felt sorry for him for the first time. I thought that he was literally mad with grief. & # 39;
Former Director General of the British Red Cross
& # 39; Since her death I had to look back many, many times on the ten years or so that I knew Diana, and think: & # 39; What kind of person was she? Was she a helpful, positive person? & # 39; And she usually gets nine out of ten.
Yes, there were occasions when she didn't feel particularly happy and where she and I might have a difference of opinion.
But over time, like the entire royal family involved in charity work, it has greatly contributed to the charity's ability to do its job. And from that point of view, those who criticize probably criticize for reasons they know best. & # 39;
Former private secretary
& # 39; It is too early to say if she has changed the royal family, but the evidence so far is that she will definitely live. She will always be an important historical figure.
This is all the more obvious when you travel and see that for many people it is still the prism through which the monarchy is viewed. I think that will go on for generations.
There are elements in Britain that would be happy if they were forgotten, because there will now be another queen consort. I think that is a minority. & # 39;
& # 39; There is a clear legacy of Diana – her children, and the behavior of the young princes has become much more relaxed, outgoing and warm. She was a compassionate, caring woman.
What she did most extraordinary is that she changed the face of royal behavior, making them warmer, more intimate, and more caring.
There is no doubt that the old royal guard was very formal; she was a relief.
The new, young generation owes her so much because they behave this way today.
You wouldn't let William and Harry do what they do if their mother hadn't set the formula for future royalties. The other person who has learned from her is Charles. & # 39;
Bishop Hugh Montefiore
The deceased bishop of Birmingham
& # 39; He who had been immensely unpopular when his wife was still alive, became hugely popular within a few years of her death. It is extraordinary, the volatility of public opinion.
& # 39; For some reason, the media has decided to give Prince Charles a boost. But there is also a feeling now that part of the truth about Diana comes to the fore, that he sinned just as much as sinned.
& # 39; And the realization of the pretty beautiful work he has done with the Prince & # 39; s Trust, which is generally not known as it should have, has done more for the young, unemployed in this country than any government or other group of people.
& # 39; And the number of causes he defends is really beautiful, and this is beginning to seep. & # 39;
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