Diana’s heartbroken brother made veiled dig at Prince Charles during her funeral

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Princess Diana’s heartbroken brother appeared to make a veiled dig at Princes Charles during a speech at his sister's very public funeral.

On the anniversary of her funeral, Earl Spencer still has the flag at half-mast at the Althorp country home where they both grew up.

Diana died following a car crash on August 31, 1997.

She was leaving the Ritz Hotel in Paris with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed when the limo they were travelling in crashed into a pillar in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel.

Diana was buried six days later at Althorp, the stately home of the Spencer Family since 1508.

The British people mourned the loss of Diana – known as the people’s princess – and watched in their millions as Prince William and Prince Harry walked behind their beloved mother’s coffin.

During his heartfelt speech at Princess Diana's funeral, the 9th Earl Spencer appeared to make a veiled dig at the Royal Family and Prince Charles.

In the speech, which was broadcast to millions of people around the world, he said Diana needed "no royal title to generate her particular brand of magic."

The apparent dig appeared to be in reference to Charles stripping Diana of her HRH title after their divorce in February 1996.

Spencer also spoke of the "ever-present paparazzi" and how Diana was "sneered at by the media" during the emotional speech.

He also claimed his sister "talked endlessly of getting away from England."

Spencer added: "There appeared to be a permanent quest on the media's behalf to bring her down".

He called Diana "the most hunted person of the modern age."

Diana's brother also made an oath to the young Princes, William and Harry.

He said: "I pledge that we, your blood family, will do all we can to continue the imaginative way in which you were steering these two exceptional young men so that their souls are not simply immersed by duty and tradition but can sing openly as you planned."

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In a tribute on the 23rd anniversary of her death, the 9th Earl Spencer said: "My first family duty on 31 August. Never forgotten."

Alongside his heartfelt words, Spencer raised a flag for his dead sister, who was buried six days after her death on September 6.

Princess Diana’s funeral was extremely public, a detail Channel 4 News claim Prince Charles fought for.

It is alleged The Queen wanted to have a private funeral for Diana, but Charles persevered and Diana got a public send off.

In the end, Princess Diana’s service attracted an estimated 2.5 billion viewers.

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