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Queen Elizabeth's Grief Over Diana's Death Revealed In A Handwritten Letter She Wrote To A Close Aide

Date April 6, 2018

Princess Diana died in a Paris car crash on August 31, 1997. And as people around the world mourned, not many took into account the experiences of the royal family in those terrible days and weeks after her death.

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What happened at Balmoral Castle?

The royal family was holidaying at their summer residence at Balmoral Castle when the news reached them.

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On that same day, Prince Charles flew to Paris with Diana's sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, to bring her home.

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While Britain mourned, the Queen did not publicly acknowledge Diana's death. The family stayed on at Balmoral Castle.

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There were reports that the Queen and Charles disagreed intensely over how to bury Diana. Her Majesty wanted it to be a private affair, but Charles held his ground, insisting that they share the burial with the public.

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In the end, then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, prevailed on the Queen to return to London.

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She also gave in to Charles' wish for a public burial, with Elton John, Tom Cruise, Hillary Clinton, Anna Wintour, and Steven Spielberg in attendance.

How the Queen felt about Diana

Twenty years after her death, in 2017, a letter the Queen wrote to a close aide when Diana died, offered a glimpse into the effect her death had on the royals.

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The Queen had finally addressed the people 5 days after Diana's tragic death, but public opinion were divided on the tone of her speech.

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And by that time, many people considered the speech to be too little too late.

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But, in the letter to her aide, Lady Henriette Abel Smith, she said Diana's death had united people in an inspiring way.

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She also shared the difficulty the family had gone through and praised William and Harry's strength.

Criticism and lies

Although many people considered her refusal to return to London with William and Harry the actions of a regular, concerned grandmother protecting her grandchildren, she was heavily criticized for her handling of the event.

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She reportedly carried on with her normal business and even took the boys to Church in Balmoral right after their father broke the news to them.

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Both William and Harry do not appear to hold any grudge against their grandmother or immediate family over the handling of the situation.

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But, in a 2017 Newsweek magazine interview, Harry said he and his brother were made to escort their mother's coffin against their wish.

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Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, has also said it was "bizarre and cruel." He said he was lied to that the boys had been willing to go along with it.

Thankfully, they are now past those tragic days.

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