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THE INDEPENDENT 3,390 MONDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 1997 WEATHER: Warm (IR 45p) 40p The pursuit over, a people's princess comes home Michael Streeter, John Lichfield and Mary Braid The Prince of Wales brought the body of his former wife, Diana, home to Britain last night as the nation struggled to come to terms with her violent death. In part, the mood was one of simple grief at the loss of a 36- year-old woman in her prime, a "People's Princess" who had become the most famous woman in the world, killed by the hideous banality of a car crash. But there was also a growing sense of anger at the manner of her death in a high-speed chase escaping a pack of paparazzi photographers in Paris prompting claims that sections of the media had "blood on their The tragedy also led to calls for the introduction of tougher privacy laws. Seven photographers were last night being questioned by police in Paris over their part in the motorcycle pursuit of Diana and her close friend Dodi Fayed, son of the Harrods owner Mohamed al-Fayed, who was also killed in the crash. Mr Fayed's body was brought back to Britain last night in a coffin draped in black cloth and taken to the central Londonmosque in Regent's Park.

Raafat Maglad, muezzin at the mosque, said Mr Fayed attended funeral prayers for his son in a service which lasted 25 minutes. He was later buried in a private ceremony at Brookwood Cemetery near Guildford, Surrey. French police sources last night said charges of dangerous driving and failing to take action to prevent the loss of life could be brought against some of the photographers. The sources said that some of the pack were taking pictures within seconds of the crash. Mr Fayed announced last night that he intended to bring a law-suit against the photographers involved and their employers, The anger was expressed most clearly by the Princess's brother, Earl Spencer, at his home in South Africa, who said that every owner or editor who had paid for intrusive photographs of his sister had "blood on their He said: "I always believed the press would kill her in the end.

But not even I could believe they would take such a direct hand in her death, as seems to be the case." On his tour of the Far East Robin Cook, the Foreign Secretary, spoke of the need to raise serious questions about intrusion into her The calls were given further ammunition by reports that a magazine in the United States had been offered photographs of the crash and its aftermath for about $1m Although a growing number of MPs and Pallbearers from the RAF's Queen's Fleet Colour Squadron carry the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, from the aircraft which had brought it from Paris to RAF Northolt, near London, accompanied by her sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, and the Prince of Wales, who afterwards returned to Balmoral Castle Photograph: David Rose former ministers were pushing hard for er privacy laws, sources were pointing out that France's more stringent laws had not prevented the tragedy. Outside the Princess's London home, Kensington Palace, photographers sought police protection from hostile onlookers who had come to mourn her. The scenes contrasted with the quiet dignity of Prince Charles and Diana's two sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, as they flew with the body into RAF Northolt, near London, last night. Prince Charles, who earlier in the day had woken his sons, William and Harry, at Balmoral to tell them of their mother's death, met the French President, Jacques Chirac, as he left the Hospital, where surgeons had fought for The effect that Diana has had on our national psyche is only just beginning to be gauged By Suzanne Moore ticularly women, could relate to. She had her 20th century problems bulimia, the 20th century's disease of low esteem as well as the much-pilloried 20thcentury desire to "find to give her life meaning.

This search for depth was mocked because it appeared to sit so uneasily with her lifestyle -a whirl of lunches and workouts and designer dresses. Those very same men who dismissed her as "barmy" are now seen in TV studios up and down the land regaling us with tales of her specialness. Yet in her work for people with Aids Diana 1961-1997 The paparazzi chase that ended in death 2,3 World reaction 4 Blood on their hands? 5 The Fayed family 0 The Princess's charities Leading article 00 Polly Toynbee: 'The Palace does not need a St Diana' 9 The life and style 10,11 Obituary 12 said in a televised statement: "I am utterly devastated. We are today a nation in a state of shock, in mourning, in grief that is so deeply painful for us. Last night the Queen was being consulted with other members of the Royal Family, Diana's family and Downing Street over when the funeral will she broke through.

She sought out the untouchables of our society and she touched them. Her campaigns took place in a world beyond politics as unerringly she found issues in which the moral high ground could and should be seized. Her work on landmines was truly brave and worthwhile. If the politicians did not understand and muttered about constitutional improprieties, ordinary people had little doubt about the value of her efforts. The rock 'n' roll princess had the common touch and no one should underestimate the skill with which she used it.

In offering up her own emptiness, she became a void for us to project our fantasies into. She was a saint, supermodel, an international superstar and a sex symbol, all in one deliciously toned body, We knew that she, having known what it was not to be loved, could give love freely. For all her manipulation of the media, her compassion was genuine, a gut reaction rather than a thought-out strategy. Her immense significance was that she brought into public life an intensely personal language of pain and distress and love and take place. They will also decide on whether the Princess will be given a full state funeral and over the length of any official mourning.

The arrival last night of the coffin, draped in the Royal Standard, bore some of the hallmarks of a state occasion. The body was taken to a private mortuary before being moved to the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace. As tributes poured in from world leaders and celebrities for the self-styled Queen of Hearts, including from the US President, Bill Clinton, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, much of life in Britain came to a stop. A memorial service was held at St Paul's Cathedral, the scene of the Princess's marriage to Prince Charles, and Street said Mr Blair had cancelled two meetings he was affection. She not only spoke it but insisted that it had a place in the buttoned-up discourse of civic life.

Such language, coded as feminine, is too often dismissed 'as inappropriate, as somehow inferior, as far too emotional to be worth taken seriously. She was not a traditional political figure but in realising that her life had been shaped by circumstances beyond her control, that a role had been written for her that she could no longer play, she ruptured the divine order, triggering the desire for a new kind of monarchy. Endeavouring to live both inside and outside the institution that made her who she was, she short-circuited the relationship between the monarchy and its subjects through another powerful institution the media which was as interested in her weaknesses as it was in her strengths. Her instinctive populism meant that she was always the biggest show in town. However we are to define star quality, she had it.

It was George Michael who once said that what makes a star is not having that little bit extra but having something missing. Diana's appetite for attention appeared insatiable. Her quest: for privacy was seen as impossible, as if she had signed a Faustian pact. In due to host at No 10 today. The campaign over the referendum on a Scottish parliament, which takes place next week, was suspended.

The royal palaces will be closed today. The driver of the Mercedes in which the couple were being driven on Saturday night was also killed, but a British bodyguard, named last night as Trevor ones, employed by Dodi and his father, survived. The crash happened just after midnight in a tunnel along the Seine near the Place d'Alma. The car, travelling at "high hit pillars dividing the carriageways inside the tunnel and rebounded against the wall. Police sources said damage to the vehicle suggested it must have been travelling at at least 100kph (60mph) in a 50kph speed-limit area.

making the private public, she sacrificed her personal life. The real Faustian pact however is surely between sections of the press and its readers, who in their millions wanted to see every tear this woman shed. Camille Paglia wrote of the atavistic religious emotion that the cult of Diana stimulated. Now she is dead, the canonisation of the martyr will assume epic proportions. Yet we should remember that Diana died after dinner at the Ritz with her new lover.

She was living her extraordinary life to the full. She wanted to be taken seriously and now the whole world is finally taking her very seriously indeed. In that fateful interview when she and Charles announced their engagement and were asked if they were in love, Charles made the awful mistake of questioning what love meant. Diana, we always felt, knew what love meant. Now she is lost, never to be replaced, our public grief shows that she was loved more than she ever knew.

36 9 770951 946412 CONTENTS THE BROADSHEET People .20 Arts .15 Briefings .20 TABLOID Business City 18,19 Appointments Comment .8,9 Concise Crossword .26 Features .16 Listings .........2 .24,25 Foreign News 14 Media Home News .13 Radio TV 19,20 Leader and Letters .8 Weather .26 Things will never be the same again. For her family, for the people of this country, for the press. The profound outpouring of emotion over Diana's death will continue. Tears are being shed by those who have never cared much about the Royal Family, by those who would much prefer a republic, by those who dismissed her as trivial, self-obsessed and generally silly when she was alive. The effect that this uneducated woman has had on our national psyche is only just beginning to be gauged.

Icons do not die. Diana's afterlife is only just starting. For ever frozen at the height of her beauty, Diana, like Marilyn, that other troubled goddess, will not age. She will continue to glow, for ever young, for ever vital, in the hearts of those she touched. For the pop princess, the people's princess, the media princess.

understood the power of touch, the language of intimacy, of a hug, a gesture that was always more eloquent than mere words. The most looked-at woman in the world grasped early on the impact of visual communication. She was a child of her time. The manner of her death brings with it a dark and terrible symbolism. She died because of the world's appetite to carry on two hours to save Diana's life.

He was was met on his return. by Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, before returning to Scotland to be with his sons, who had earlier attended a church service at Crathie Church, near Balmoral, with their father, the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. Mr Blair had looking at her, to see her in her most intimate moments whether she wanted it or not. This tragedy, like something out of a JG Ballard novel, is a thoroughly modern one, for Diana was a thoroughly modern woman and her life and death embody so many themes of the late 20th century. She resided at the apex of so many of our obsessions: our preoccupation with image, the nature of fame, the search for personal growth, the changing nature of family life, the quest for depth in a world of superficiality, the oscillation between victimhood and empowerment, the continuing muddle between what is properly private and what is public, the struggle between duty and desire.

Diana represented these contradictions. She lived them and at times spoke openly of them. She made no secret of the dysfunctional family that she was born into and even less of the one that she married into. She sought, as so many of us do, to remedy this through her relationships with her own children. To hear that these poor boys were yesterday ferried to church in royal cars to observe royal, protocol no matter how they felt is truly sad.

She surely would have wanted her boys to weep openly, not to have to maintain the ghastly that had already nearly destroyed her. As Jacques Chirac said, she "was a young woman of our Had she been born 20 years earlier she would have been expected to put up with her husband's infidelity, to grin and bear it. In refusing to do so, she laid open the cynical workings of monarchy, patriarchy and hereditary privilege that had used her as little more than a brood mare. When the fairy tale fractured we saw another story altogether, one that many, par- vision FREE FREE monitor worth over £500. THE NEW IMPROVED DESKPRO NOW intel inside AND, OFFERS FOR A MORE LIMITED RELIABILITY, PERIOD ONLY, POWER A FREE MONITOR WORTH OVER E500: THE UK's No.

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