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Why Queen Elizabeth took 5 days to publicly address Princess Diana’s death?


Even after more than 23 years since Diana’s car accident in Paris, there’s always high interest in the tragic event.

Many People accused Queen of failing to capture the mood of her nation after Diana’s death.

When the news flashed that Princess Diana had died in August 1997, the Queen was highly criticized and blamed for the way she handled the tragic situation. They faulted her for being aloof in the days following her former daughter-in-law’s passing.

Queen Elizabeth conveyed a “Royal routine” message by taking Princess Diana’s sons. She took Prince William and Prince Harry to the church at Balmoral in Scotland hours after Prince Charles had broken the news to them of their mother’s death. Queen Elizabeth was then criticized for remaining at her Scotland residence for too long. Also for failing to appear at the tributes to Princess Diana arranged near Buckingham Palace. Then also for not returning quickly enough to London.

Also read: Queen Elizabeth’s ‘rebel sister’ Princess Margaret never forgave Princess Diana.

Another point of view: However, according to Queen Elizabeth’s first cousin and a very close friend, Margaret Rhodes the Queen’s choice to temporarily abandon the people. This was due to her overwhelming concern for the welfare of her two grandchildren, Prince William and Prince Harry.

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Margaret Rhodes was quoted saying:

“Queen Elizabeth was castigated. It was for staying up at Balmoral with the two little boys. She was indeed being a proper granny. What was the point of bringing both the boys down to London and sit in with nothing to do but feel sad about their mom? Personally, I think I would have indeed behaved in exactly the same way”.

Also Read: The Queen Mother didn’t allow Diana’s name mentioned after marriage to Prince Charles ended.

It was only when the Prime Minister, Tony Blair intervened that Queen Elizabeth came back to London. Also, she acknowledged the public’s outpouring of grief.” She made it all right in the end by coming down and looking at all the flowers”. Five days after Princess Diana’s death, Queen Elizabeth delivered a live address to the people of Great Britain from the Chinese Dining Room at Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth paid tribute to Princess Diana.

She said: “Diana was an exceptional and gifted human being. This week at Balmoral, we have all been trying to help Prince William and Prince Harry come to terms with the devastating loss that they and the rest of us have suffered”.

She ended her speech with a touching statement: “May those who died rest in peace and may we each and every one of us, thank God for someone who made many, many people happy.”

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