Princess Diana

Royals: Police to Assess New Information on Princess Diana’s Death

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British police are looking into new information surrounding the deaths of Princess Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed.

The new file includes claims a member of the British military was involved in the pair’s death in Paris, France in 1997.

The information emerged during the second court martial of Sergeant Danny Nightingale, who was found guilty of illegally possessing a gun and ammunition. It is claimed Nightingale’s former colleague, known only as Soldier N, boasted that the SAS “was behind Princess Diana’s death”.

Royal Military Police officers have now passed the information to the Metropolitan Police. They will assess the new claims but insist Operation Paget, the 2008 inquiry into the British royal’s death, has not been reopened.

A spokesperson says, “The Metropolitan Police Service is scoping information that has recently been received in relation to the deaths and assessing its relevance and credibility.

“The assessment will be carried out by officers from the specialist crime and operations command. This is not a re-investigation and does not come under Operation Paget.”

The princess and Fayed were killed in car crash in a tunnel in Paris, along with their chauffeur Henri Paul.

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The Princess Diana I Knew by Linda Yellen

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Linda Yellen made the highest-rated MOW of 1982 “The Royal Romance of Charles & Diana” and now prepares for the World Premiere movie about the love story of the ages “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance.”  Ms. Yellen had the privilege of knowing Princess Diana and shared her reflections in this story…

 I met Princess Diana several times. The first time was when I was lucky enough to get an audience with her at Kensington House, as my movie, “The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana” was in the process of being finished for American television. There were rumblings that it might not be accepted in England. Diana graciously agreed to see the movie and afterwards agreed to meet with me.
When I walked through the door I was so impressed by her beauty, not conventional, but with a true luminescent quality. And her kindness. The first thing she said, in that soft deep voice of hers, is “you cast someone prettier then me to play Diana!” Not so!
Diana was sympathetic to our attempt to do the film in a way that was respectful and well as insightful for the common man. She was complimentary.  Most importantly, Diana provided us with keen advice on what we could do to make our serious intent known, and have the film received with an open mind and heart, in the UK.
Diana was grace itself. She asked me in great detail about the film making process, how various costumes were chosen, to be copied. How scenes were selected, etc. She seemed very interested in how movies were made. And she seemed mature beyond her age. I was older then her, yet I felt like she was someone I was looking up to.
Photo: Courtesy of Hallmark Channel
The last time we met a couple of years later was at a fundraiser at the Dorchester Hotel honoring Margaret Thatcher. I hadn’t expected to see her there but we sort of found each other across the crowded banquet room, as we were the only two women wearing simple black dresses in a room filled with colorful, frilly, evening gowns in every shade of pastel!
When things started to go wrong in Diana’s marriage, no one was more surprised then me. I thought she had a keen understanding on people’s wants and needs. She seemed to have great ability to focus on whomever she was with and address their concerns. I delighted in the tidbits of anecdotal information I learned along the way, i.e. why she was wearing flat shoes? – (Charles didn’t like how she towered over him.), She asked, if I was going to be in the Hamptons that summer, how much she would like to be in the Hamptons. Did you hear that latest rock album, etc.
I’ve always been drawn to people who could be as equally comfortable living in grandeur, or the simple life. That was one characteristic about Diana I think her boys have inherited.
My observation when their marriage did go south was that Diana and Charles, both entered it believing they could change each other.
Diana wanted to change Charles’ wardrobe, his hairdo, and his taste in music. Charles wanted Diana to switch her innate style to that of Royalty several generations past. Charles wanted his sons to be raised in the tradition of future Kings, Diana wanted her sons to have a childhood that would make them open to all experiences
The task of bringing any true-life story to the screen can be daunting yet it’s always been something that excited me. Because real life stories are very often more extraordinary then anything a fiction writer can make up.
Getting into the hearts and heads of the people I’ve done movies about, be it the travelers on the Mayflower, (which I can only know through historical reference), or the living people whom I’ve attempted to do films on, Fania Fenelon and all the women in the Auschwitz Orchestra in “Playing for Time”, Jacobo Timmerman, and his family in “Prisoner Without a Number”, Doctor Rene Richards in “Second Serve”, “Liberace”, and even the “Royal Romance of Charles and Diana.” These all came with a responsibility to try to get to some inner truth about the characters that would bring with it a larger message than the particular story, perhaps serve to be some observation on human nature.
No project was more daunting then this one in terms of portraying Princess Diana, and the affect that her life and her passing had on the Royal Family.

Princess Diana Brother Weds For The Third Time

Charles Spencer, the younger brother of the late Princess Diana, has tied the knot for the third time. Spencer wed Karen Gordon, the ex-wife of Grey’s Anatomy producer Mark Gordon, on Saturday at his ancestral home in Northamptonshire, England. The bride wore a sleeveless Ivory lace gown. A private luncheon was held after the ceremony.
Among the 170 guests were the Earl’s six children from his previous marriages to Victoria Lockwood and Caroline Freud, and his sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes. Noticeably absent were Prince William, Duchess Catherine and Prince Harry.
Spencer, 47, and Gordon, 37, announced their engagement in February and appeared together at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s April wedding.
The Spencers: A Personal History of an English Family

Princess Diana’s Dresses To Be Sold at Auction

Dresses worn by Britain’s Princess Diana are to be auctioned in Canada.

The collection of 14 gowns – which include items worn by the late Princess of Wales during state visits – will be sold during the summer at Toronto’s Waddington’s auction house.

Some of the outfits will be particularly recognisable, such as the blue silk and velvet dress she wore at the White House in 1985, where she famously danced with actor John Travolta.

It will be the first time in more than a decade that such a large collection of Diana’s dresses are to be sold, since these 14 were sold alongside 65 others in Christie’s auction house in 1997 – just months before she died in a car crash in Paris.

Waddington’s auction house president Duncan McLean told the Vancouver Sun: “Diana’s appeal is quite international. These dresses are a great piece of American history. There’s still a great interest and great fascination worldwide for western decadence and royalty.”

The dresses, which are expected to sell for around $200,000 each, were commissioned by Diana between 1985 and 1994 and include designs by Catherine Walker, Zandra Rhodes and Bruce Oldfield, who is tipped to design Kate Middleton’s wedding gown.

Since her death they have been displayed all over the world and spent a decade on loan to the royal ceremonial dress collection at Kensington Palace where she lived.

The collection’s current owner Maureen Dunkel said in a statement: “Selling the collection is a poignant and personal event to me. My only hope is that the new owners of the dresses, whoever they may be, enjoy them as I have and in some way use them to assist those in need. After all, that is the reason Princess Diana put them up for sale to begin with.”

The auction will begin on June 23.

Elton John Won’t Sing At Prince’s William’s Wedding

The famous Royal marriage between Prince William and Kate Middleton will take place shortly. Not a few are also musicians who are hoping to fill the event on important events, but this is different from the Sir Elton John. He said he did not really expect to be part of the reception, although in 1997, Elton has appeared in the late Princess Diana’s funeral.

Although the music observers in Britain said Elton will perform at the reception, but he just did not expect to be invited a second prospective bride.

“I do not know them (William and Harry’s) very well. I just never met them twice. First when they were little and when his mother’s funeral. The only thing I know is their mother. I’m not going to appear at their wedding. I have not asked them and I do not expect them to ask me, “says the singer of Candle in the Wind, as quoted from Aceshowbiz (01/25/2011).

But the man is 64 years revealed that William and Kate will be a perfect partner. ‘I just wish they would have the most beautiful day forever and they seem to be very happy, “he explained. It is just weird remembering he was the best friend of Prince William’s mother.

Elton John:"I Won’t Be Performing At the Royal Wedding"

Elton John has ruled out a performance at the royal wedding in England this spring (Apr11) because he doesn’t really know Prince William and his bride-to-be.

The rocker famously performed a special version of his Candle in the Wind hit at the funeral of William’s mother Princess Diana in 1997 – and music industry experts expect him to be at the top of the heir’s wish list when it comes to selecting stars for his wedding to Kate Middleton.
But Elton tells people are getting carried away by his connections to the royals – and he’s not even expecting an invite.
He says, “I don’t know them (princes William and Harry) very well. I’ve only met them twice – once when they were young and once at the Diana Memorial Concert… I knew their mother but that is the only thing.
“I’m not playing at the wedding. I haven’t been asked and I don’t expect to be asked.” But he thinks Diana’s eldest son and his wife-to-be make the perfect couple: “I just hope they have the most wonderful day and life together. They seem so happy.”