What The Queen Really Felt About Princess Diana’s Sudden Death

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Many royal family followers criticized the Queen for what was considered to be a non-reaction to the sudden death of Princess Diana in 1997. As the world mourned the loss of the Princess of Wales, Her Majesty remained stoic and silent until the funeral.

John Loughrey sits round the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain as it re opens to the public August in Londons Hyde Park Photo C GETTY IMAGES
John Loughrey sits round the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain as it re opens to the public August in Londons Hyde Park Photo C GETTY IMAGES

It is true that the Queen and Diana didn’t always get along and that the tragedy struck long after Prince Charles and Diana’s divorce. However, that doesn’t mean that the Queen wasn’t heartbroken about what happened. She poured out her true feelings about the loss of her daughter-in-law in a letter she sent to Henriette, Lady Abel Smith, one of her most trusted aides.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles pictured in Image Getty
Princess Diana and Prince Charles pictured in Image Getty

“It was indeed dreadfully sad, and she is a huge loss to the country,” Queen Elizabeth wrote. “But the public reaction to her death, and the service in the Abbey, seem to have united people round the world in a rather inspiring way. William and Harry have been so brave and I am very proud of them. Emotions are still so mixed up but we have all been through a very bad experience!”

Diana was beloved by the British public Pic GETTY
Diana was beloved by the British public Pic GETTY

When the Queen and the royal family were first informed of the car crash, they were told that Princess Diana could survive because she wasn’t even badly injured. As they stood by for updates, she asked for tea but never really got around to drinking it due to the anxious waiting. The Queen was in the room with Prince Charles when he got the bad news via a phone call. She watched her son slowly lose his composure and break into tears upon learning that Princess Diana was no more.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in 1984 Image GETTY
Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in 1984 Image GETTY

The Queen herself was left in shock, but the silence that followed as the coverage and outpouring of love came in gave some people the negative impression. However, royal family fans believe that she simply did what any good mother and grandmother would. She had to put on a brave face for Prince Harry and Prince William, who were just 12 and 15 at the time.

Prince Philip took cues from Prince Philip on how he treated Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson. Pictured: Prince Andrew, Ferguson, Lord Linley, Prince Edward, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Mother outside Clarence House on Aug. 4, 1989 in London. Photo: Getty Images/John Eggitt
Prince Philip took cues from Prince Philip on how he treated Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson. Pictured: Prince Andrew, Ferguson, Lord Linley, Prince Edward, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Mother outside Clarence House on Aug. 4, 1989 in London. Photo: Getty Images/John Eggitt

In a very rare instance that would go on to be one of the most unforgettable moments in her long monarchy, the Queen addressed the country the night of Princess Diana’s funeral. She described her as an “exceptional human being” who never failed to inspire others with her warmth and kindness.

Source: latintimes com