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09/02/01
Diana's Brother Sick of Committee Chaos
- Earl Spencer 'exasperated' at long wait or memorial fountain

THREE and a half years after the death of Princess Diana the committee charged with building a monument in her memory have yet to even choose a site for a proposed fountain.

Now, in a bid to finally get things moving, the memorial committee have come up with an ingenious plan - they want to create another committee. Not surprisingly, Diana's brother, Earl Spencer is furious. "His reaction is one of exasperation," said a friend of the Earl.

Members of the original committee include Chancellor Gordon Brown and Diana's former butler Paul Burrell. The former is busy planning the general election and the latter is busy with the police in connection with a jewel-encrusted model ship that went missing from Diana's belongings, so there is an obvious need for new blood, but that hardly explains the delay thus far.

Members of the new committee within a committee, dubbed the Fountain Design Committee, are made up mostly of architects and journalists.

Meanwhile, Prince Edward and wife Sophie are at the centre of a political storm in Austria after being pictured in a magazine hobnobbing with Susanne Riess-Passer, leader of the extreme-right Freedom Party.

British royals have a lot of previous as far as dealings with the far-right go. Three years back, the Duchess of York - aka Fergie - was kissed on the hand by Riess-Passer's predecessor, Jorg Haider. A year before that, Prince William revealed that in the 1997 general election, he would have marked his cross for the loopy-right Referendum Party, if only he had been old enough to vote and large sections of the royal family were private backers of European fascism during the 1930s.




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