Princes mourning their grandmother.
Princes William and Harry were last night mourning the death of their grandmother, Frances Shand Kydd.
The 68-year-old mother of the late Princess Diana died yesterday after a long illness.
The Queen sent a private message of condolence to her son, Earl Spencer and the Prince of Wales expressed his sorrow.
William and Harry were "very upset" by the news and the second-in-line to the throne said he and his brother would "miss her a lot".
The 21-year-old, on his summer break from university, is understood to be making contact with Harry, 19, who is in Africa as part of his gap year.
Prince William has been in contact with the Spencer family over the past few weeks as Mrs Shand Kydd battled with her illness.
In a statement released by Clarence House, he said: "Harry and I are very upset by the death of our grandmother and we will miss her a lot."
The Prince of Wales said: "I am very saddened by the death of Mrs Shand Kydd, who will be sorely missed."
A spokesman from Althorp House, where Earl Spencer resides, said: "I can confirm that Lord Spencer's mother passed away peacefully this morning, after suffering from a long illness, and this is now a private time for the family to grieve."
Mrs Shand Kydd, who lived alone on the Scottish island of Seil, near Oban, faced tragedy and difficulty throughout her life.
Royal-watcher Judy Wade said: "It's very sad for William and Harry and the whole Spencer family.
"No parent should outlive her child, and that's what happened when Diana died, and she also lost a baby boy." Max Riddington, Mrs Shand Kydd's biographer, said she was "terribly saddened" to learn of her death.
"She was a remarkable lady ( wise, kind and compassionate," she said. "It was a privilege to know her.
"I will never forget the way she welcomed me into her cosy home on the Isle of Seil, and our long chats, always filled with laughter.
"She was a loving mother and grandmother and I hope she has found the peace she deserves, and that she is at last reunited with her beloved children, John and Diana."
Family friend Lord St John of Fawsley also paid tribute.
"She was a very kind and caring person who loved her daughter, the Princess of Wales, very much.
"She found lasting peace and comfort in the Catholic Church."
The Roman Catholic Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, the Rt Rev Ian Murray, said Mrs Shand Kydd regularly worshipped at St Columba's Cathedral in Oban.
"She was a deeply spiritual woman who had very successfully made her home here, integrating into the community very well.
"She was a well-kent (well-known) face in the Oban area, a reader at Mass in the Cathedral and always on hand to prepare teas and coffees, making meals for visiting clergy and generally helping out in whatever way she could."
He said the priest administrator of St Columba's, Canon Donald MacKay, was with Mrs Shand Kydd when she died, shortly after she received the last rites.
She leaves two daughters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, who is president of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, and Lady Jane Fellowes. Mrs Shand Kydd played an active role in the fund.
A spokesperson said her contribution would be "much missed" by the organisation.
"Our thoughts and condolences at this time are with our president, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and other members of her family.
"Mrs Shand Kydd, as an executor of the late princess's estate, played a valuable role in supporting the Memorial Fund, and her contribution will be much missed."
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Jun 4, 2004|
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