Princess Diana’s grave 18 years on from her death has been pictured swathed in flowers and foliage as her resting place becomes “part of the ancient landscape over time”.Althorp Estate, where the late Princess is buried, said the vegetation growing over her memorial site “has always had a full growth of mature trees, which give a rich panoply of foliage in the summer”. A spokesman said the natural growth of greenery “intentionally lends privacy to the Princess’s final resting place”.
Today marks 18 years since the tragic death of Diana, who was killed in a Paris car crash after her driver lost control while drunk.
But not everyone is happy with the way the estate has treated both the grave and another monument commemorating the Princess of Wales near the entrance. Last year Darren McGrady, a former chef to the Queen and Princess Diana, took to Twitter to say the grave had been “neglected”. And yesterday Mr McGrady was tweeting Mr Spencer about the “overgrown” grave, urging him to get it cleaned.He begged the estate to “tidy up the vegetation” adding: “Sad to see Earl Spencer has neglected Princess Diana’s resting place #ProveYouDidntWantHerForTheMoney.”
However, a spokesman for the 13,000-acre estate in Northamptonshire said the site has been left to become part of nature rather than being scrubbed clean. The estate, which visitors pay up to £18.50 to enter, is owned by Diana’s brother Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, who delivered a touching eulogy to his sister at her Westminster Abbey funeral.