Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the British Royal Family reportedly banned the name of Princess Diana on churches following her death.
Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997, due to a car crash in France. More than two decades have passed, and the world still seemingly mourns for losing the “People’s Princess.”
While the public mourned with them, the senior royals reportedly received criticisms during that difficult time. Reports said that the family did something that day that caused outrage among royal fans and supporters.
Princess Diana was with Dodi Fayed in Paris
Princess Diana was dating the son of billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, Dodi Fayed, when they met their unfortunate fate in Paris. Several publications noted that they were months into their romantic relationship when they flew to France for a quick getaway.
Around midnight on August 31, 1997, the Princess of Wales left the Ritz Hotel with Fayed. Henri Paul, who was the security head at Ritz, was the one driving the vehicle on the night of the car crash, according to Cheat Sheet.
The publication said Fayed and Paul died “instantly” when the car crashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel. As for the Princess, doctors first reportedly tried to save her from the injuries she obtained at the La Pitie Salpetriere Hospital before ultimately passing away.
The royals at Balmoral
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the family were at Balmoral Castle, where they annually spend their summer. Britain’s ambassador to France, Michal Jay, notified the British Monarch’s private secretary, who then informed the Queen of the accident.
Despite knowing what happened to Princess Diana, the senior royals did not inform her two sons, Prince Harry and Prince William. They let the two young princes sleep until the morning, according to Reader’s Digest.
Aside from not immediately informing the now-Dukes of Sussex and Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth reportedly asked aides to hide or move all the televisions and radios inside the property. She also “banned” Princess Diana’s name at the church service that they attended the morning after the accident.
Why they “banned” the Princess’s name
The same report explained why the Queen and the senior royals did this. They thought it was the best “protective precaution” for Prince Harry and Prince William, who are 12 and 15 years old, at that time.
Considering that the two Wales princes were very young, the senior royals reportedly had concerns as to how the young princes would take the unfortunate and heartbreaking news about their mother, Princess Diana. In the end, reports revealed that this only caused confusion on Prince Harry and Prince William’s part.
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