- 2007年09月01日 19:10 発信地:ロンドン/英国
ロンドン（London）中心部の礼拝所 Guards Chapelでウィリアム（Prince William、25）、ヘンリー（ Prince Henry、22）両王子が主催して開かれた31日の追悼式典で
この追悼式典には、元夫のチャールズ皇太子（Prince Charles）、エリザベス女王（ Queen Elizabeth II）、ゴードン・ブラウン（Gordon Brown）首相、ダイアナ元妃の家族、歌手のエルトン・ジョン（ Sir Elton John）さんをはじめ友人ら約500人が参列した。(c)AFP
'Let it end here': Diana death plea strikes chord in Britain
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LONDON (AFP) — With Prince Harry's heartfelt tribute to his mother ringing in their ears, the press made sympathetic noises Saturday over a call at her memorial service for her to be left in peace, 10 years on.
But with the inquest into her 1997 death in a high-speed Paris car crash set to open in London in October, it is unlikely that her memory will be allowed to quietly fade away just yet.
"Let it end here," said the Bishop of London Richard Chartres, in a plea for the wrangling over her tragic death in a Paris car crash at the age of 36 to finally come to a halt.
"Let this service mark the point at which we let her rest in peace and dwell on her memory with thanksgiving and compassion."
Chartres's words came after Prince Harry captured the mood of many of those remembering Diana by describing her as "the best mother in the world" in an address which drew applause, and even tears, from hundreds listening outside.
The young army officer spoke at the service at the Guards Chapel in central London a decade after he walked behind his mother's coffin on the way to her funeral as a heartbroken 12-year-old.
"William and I can separate life into two parts," he said.
"There were those years when we were blessed with the physical presence beside us of both our mother and father.
"And then there are the 10 years since our mother's death."
Newspapers overwhelmingly hailed Harry's address as a great success -- the Daily Mirror tabloid said it was a "moving tribute" while even the Guardian described it as "heartfelt and touching".
They also agreed with the bishop's sentiments, although some admitted that she may not be left in peace for some time.
The Sun said "a loud amen" to Chartres' plea, although the Daily Mail noted: "Sadly, Harry is unlikely to get his wish just yet.
"We await a pointless inquest into an accident that has already been exhaustively studied."
William and Harry reportedly organised the service partly because they wanted to draw a line under conspiracy theories over her death.
The service was attended by their father Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Diana's two sisters and brother, plus her friends like pop star Sir Elton John.
It was the main event to commemorate the anniversary, although a crowd of her supporters also gathered outside London's Kensington Palace, her former home, to pay their own tribute.
Harry concluded his speech by saying: "She made us and so many other people happy -- may this be the way that she is remembered."
William read a passage from the Bible, while Diana's sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale quoted from a poem.
Conspicuous by their absence were Charles's second wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall -- described by Diana as the third person in her marriage after a long-term affair with Charles -- and Mohamed Al Fayed, father of the princess's boyfriend Dodi Fayed who also died in the crash.
Camilla pulled out, saying she did not want to distract from the proper purpose of the occasion, while Al Fayed, who insists the couple were killed in an establishment plot concocted by senior royals, was not invited.
The Egyptian tycoon hosted a two-minute silence at his upmarket Harrods department store which was attended by about 100 people.
Last year, a report from Lord John Stevens, former head of London's Metropolitan Police, ruled out any conspiracy and said that the crash, which also killed the car's driver Henri Paul, was a "tragic accident".
Diana's death generated an unprecedented outpouring of public grief in Britain.
One million people took to the streets of London for the funeral and some say the episode changed the country. The tragedy also forced the royal family to present itself as a more open and inclusive institution.
Even in death, Diana has proved a highly divisive figure in Britain, with fans praising her compassion and glamour and detractors criticising the often sentimental reaction to her death.
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