It seems nobody has forgotten a thing about the gorgeous and endearing Princess of Wales. She is still written about, discussed, and then written about some more to an obsessive extreme.
She practically modernized an entire monarchy and her humanist deeds continue to echo vividly in our pampered hearts. Even nine years after her tragic death, we can’t get enough Diana.
From iafrica, a memorial concert will be held July 1 at Wembley Stadium, a day which would have been her 46th birthday. The venue is expected to hold 60,000 people by the time its current renovations are complete. As expected, the first slew of tickets sold out within a half hour. It’s not clear exactly how many of those tickets sold, but more will go on sale in early 2007. For more information, check out the concert’s official website here.
Such notable acts for the memorial show are Duran Duran, Bryan Ferry and Diana’s good friend Elton John. Elton has speculated that he might play an alternate version of “Candle In The Wind” like he did at her funeral, though he has said that he’d only sing what became the fastest-selling single ever if Diana asked him to. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind; it’s a lovely song.
The concert has also started a bidding war among television networks for broadcasting rights. BBC is usually the preferred station for big events, yet ITV has come into their own recently and may wish to snag the event from under them. It will be indepedently filmed by Live Nation and any decisions made on broadcasting will be announced in January. A BBC spokesperson said, "We think it is a very exciting project and are talking to the organizers about potentially being the U.K. broadcast partner." Good luck and happy bidding, mates.
So what do Princes William and Harry think about all this? Well, they think it’s splendid. When asked what the concert would be like, William predicted, "full of energy, full of the sort of fun and happiness which I know she would have wanted." A memorial service will be held on the official 10-year anniversary of Diana’s death on August 31 in Paris.
William added, "The service is going to include both sides of the family, our mother's side and our father's side — everyone getting together." Prince Harry then said in a TV interview that "it should be a good occasion."
It’s quite clear that Diana’s boys still miss her and it’s all too evident that we do, too.