British Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke to reporters that morning from his home constituency in County Durham, saying he was “completely devastated” like the rest of the country. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Princess Diana’s family, especially her two sons, the two boys,” he said, joining and unhooking his hands in front of him.
“Our thoughts are with them. We are today a nation in Britain in shock, in mourning, in grief so deeply painful to us.” Blair paused. “He was a wonderful and warm human being. Although his own life was often sadly touched by tragedy, it touched the lives of so many others, in Britain, around the world, with joy and comfort. How many times should we remember her, in how many different ways? With the sick, the dying, with the children, with the needy-when with just a look, or a gesture that said a lot more than words, she revealed to all of us the depth of her compassion and humanity. “
“You know how difficult things were for her every now and then I’m sure we could only guess, but people everywhere – not just here in Britain, everywhere – kept their faith in Princess Diana . They loved her, they loved her, they considered her one of the people. She was the “princess of the people.” And that is how she will remain, that she will remain, in our hearts and in our memories, forever. “