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'She was the best mother in the world' DIANA MEMORIAL DAY.

PRINCE Harry paid an emotional and heart-rending tribute to "the best mother in the world", Diana, Princess of Wales, on the 10th anniversary of her death.

At the memorial service held in her honour yesterday, Harry delivered a touching address which he had written himself.

He said of Diana: "She was our guardian, friend and protector.

"She never once allowed her unfaltering love for us to go unspoken or undemonstrated.

"She will always be remembered for her amazing public work. But behind the media glare, to us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world.

"We would say that wouldn't we. But we miss her.

"She kissed us last thing at night. Her beaming smile greeted us from school.

"She laughed hysterically and uncontrollably when sharing something silly she might have said or done that day. She encouraged us when we were nervous or unsure.

"She - like our father - was determined to provide us with a stable and secure childhood."

He asked for her to be remembered as she was: "Funloving, generous, down to earth and entirely genuine."

In front of the Queen, the Prince of Wales, Prince William, a congregation of 500 and a mass worldwide television audience, he shared his personal thoughts about his much-loved mother and said the Royal brothers thought of Diana every day.

"To lose a parent so suddenly at such a young age, as others have experienced, is indescribably shocking and sad.

"It was an event which changed our lives forever as it must have done for anyone who lost someone that night."

Exactly a decade to the day that Diana was killed in a tragic car crash, William and Harry held their special church service at the Guards' Chapel in London as a thanksgiving for the Princess's life.

And the Bishop of London called for an end to using the Princess's memory to score points as he delivered his own address, declaring: "Let it end here."

The Rt Rev Richard Chartres said the commemoration should mark the point at which "we let Diana rest in peace".

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A FATHER AND HIS SONS... Princes Harry and William greet their father Prince Charles as he arrives for the service which was attended by a number of Princess Diana's celebrity friends like Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Elton John (top right) and Sir Richard Branson (bottom right).; THE ROYALS... Princes William and Harry with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, Prince Charles and Princess Beatrice pose for the cameras after the service.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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