Charles Spencer Says Princess Diana's Grave Is 'An Oasis Of Calm', Often Visits It
Jun 16, 2021 by apost team
Princess Diana was universally loved by not only the British public but by people worldwide. She used her influence to enact good, spending much of her time campaigning for humanitarian causes that improved the lives of others. She sat with people who were ill, helping to break the stigma of the then-new diseases HIV and AIDS. These are the reasons she became known as the "People's Princess" — she was a shining beacon of light in the royal family.
It's been nearly 24 years since she tragically passed away, but whenever we see photos of her it's still incredibly moving. This is a testament to how much the public adored her, and she's still often talked about and even featured in the media, whether for her charitable deeds or impeccable fashion sense. We've seen thousands of photos of Diana, and they never fail to move us. With her signature coiffed hair, appreciation of bright patterns, admiration for creative necklaces and ability to make any dress look classy, everyone can admit that Princess Diana was a fashion icon.
Princess Diana was also one of five siblings. Her only surviving brother is Earl Charles Spencer, age 57. Princess Diana's brother spoke out on the day of her milestone birthday and discussed the latest news that came out regarding her so-called scandalous 1995 BBC Panorama interview. He made the comments while on air on "Good Morning Britain," a popular British breakfast program. He also spoke about Diana's final resting place, the peace he feels when he visits and how emotional her upcoming would-have-been 60th birthday makes him feel.
Princess Diana's final resting place can be found on the grounds of Althorp Park, her former family home and current home of the Spencer family.
The original plan for her funeral was to see her rest in the family vault at the local church in the nearby city of Great Brington, but Earl Spencer changed this as he was concerned about the safety of his sister's final resting place and also wanted Princes William and Harry, his nephews, to be able to visit privately.
On July 1 this year, which would have marked Diana's 60th birthday, a much anticipated statue of the Princess is set to be unveiled by Prince William and Prince Harry. The statue is meant to celebrate and commemorate the princess, who died roughly 24 years ago.
"I remember my father always used to talk about the day Diana was born actually, the 1st July 1961, and it was a sweltering hot day and this wonderful daughter appeared and it's so funny to be of an age now where your slightly older sister is 60 but yes, it will be an emotional day but, you know, I think it will be a tribute to a much missed and much loved sister, mother, whatever," Spencer told Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain.
After being asked about her resting place at his Althorp Estate and whether he visits her often, Charles answered:
"I do, and every landmark day, such as birthday, or Mother's Day I always take flowers, of course, and I do go a lot and take the children over. It's an oasis of calm, actually. It's a lovely place to go."
Earl Spencer was one of the loud proponents of an inquiry into the details and circumstances that led to Diana's scandalous and infamous interview to the BBC's "Panorama" program back in 1995. Spencer's insistence led to an official probe in 2020. This probe, led by judge Lord Dyson, came to the conclusion that BBC reporter Martin Bashir had used faked financial documents to convince Spencer himself into introducing Bashir to the princess as a trustworthy reporter.
The documents Bashir later also showed to the Princess alleged that the royal family had been bribing members of her staff to spy on and keep watch on her, and also implied her phones may have been bugged. He allegedly even showed Diana a faked abortion "receipt" to prove her soon-to-be ex-husband had gotten a nanny pregnant. As PEOPLE reports, Diana believed these claims so much that she even contacted the royal family and the Queen's private secretary started an inquiry whether they might be true.
All of these claims later proved false, as the probe found the documents to be fakes. Bashir himself apologized for using faked documents but has continuously not seen himself at fault, stating in interviews that "Obviously I regret it, it was wrong. But it had no bearing on anything. It had no bearing on [Diana], it had no bearing on the interview."
His involvement in Bashir's and Diana's meeting is probably the reason why Earl Spencer wished to inform the world of the truth behind the infamous interview. He told "Good Morning Britain":
Earl Charles Spencer, Princess Diana (1985), (Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images)
"I hope she'd be pleased the truth is out to the context. She was taken into a very dark place, her paranoia was fed."
It's good to hear that visiting Princess Diana's grave brings Earl Spencer peace. Do you have a special place you visit to feel close to loved ones you lost? Tell us your thoughts and pass this story along.