The stars burn bright for Diana

The BBC is marking the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death with a star-studded memorial concert at the new Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

The BBC is marking the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death with a star-studded memorial concert at the new Wembley Stadium on Sunday. We get the low-down on the acts and chat to co-presenter Claudia Winkleman about her memories of the `People's Princess'.

It's difficult to believe that it has been a decade since the death of Princess Diana and the outpouring of grief that swept the country during the summer of 1997.

However, the "People's Princess" has since remained within the hearts of the nation, and to mark the 10th anniversary of their mother's death and celebrate her life, Princes William and Harry have organised a star-studded live concert at the new Wembley Stadium.

Presented by Fearne Cotton, Jamie Theakston and Claudia Winkleman, the event will be screened on BBC One on Sunday - what would have been Diana's 46th birthday.

It will feature a huge and diverse range of hers and the princes' favourite stars, including Elton John, Take That, Duran Duran, Bryan Ferry, Sir Tom Jones, Lily Allen, Kanye West and Joss Stone.

As well as all the performances from the stage, the BBC coverage will feature interviews with all the stars and William and Harry themselves, along with features about Diana's life and work, and messages from major international celebrities and world leaders.

"My memories of Diana are that she was unbelievably beautiful, very kind and always looking after people that were having a rough time, no matter who they were," says Claudia.

"The princes seem great fun and they must really miss her, but I think that this concert is going to be a wonderful way to remember her and everything that she stood for."

Claudia says she is most looking forward to seeing Kanye West, Elton John and Duran Duran.

"Kanye West is a god, Elton will be fantastic and, obviously, I can't wait to see Duran Duran - I've always been a little bit in love with Simon Le Bon since I was 13 years old and I still think I am, a tiny bit, to be honest.

"The concert is going to be brilliant for me as I just love proper pop music - well, anyone who wears lipstick actually," she jokes.

"I love doing live TV but I will be a bit scared at the massive audience that will be there for the Concert For Diana, but I'm just dealing with it by telling myself that they're nothing to do with me," Claudia admits.

"All I have to do is wear a bit of mascara and present this amazing show, but of course it's really all about everybody's memories of Princess Diana, and the amazing bands that are all going to be there."

* Proceeds from the concert will go to charities supported by the late Princess, and to those of which the princes are patrons, including Sentebale (Lesotho), Centrepoint (UK), and the Princess Diana's Patronages and Memorial Fund.

* Concert For Diana is on BBC One on Sunday from 3.30pm. Visit

People forget what an amazing person she was

IN an interview with Fearne Cotton, to be shown in full on BBC One on Friday, Princes William and Harry say they're looking forward to the memorial Concert For Diana because it will be "a wonderful way to remember her".

"We wanted something that would really bring her whole spirit - her joy of life and everything that we thought she stood for - a bit more to the point and a concert of this magnitude balanced with the service will be a wonderful way to remember her," says Prince William.

He says that he felt a concert featuring some of Diana's favourite artists would be a fitting way to remember her 10 years after her death.

"We used to catch her dancing to her music - we'd walk out of the room rather embarrassed that our mother was just dancing around.

"It was a big release for her and she had many artists that she loved listening to."

The princes say a key reason for the concert is to encourage people to remember their mother in a positive light and counter criticism of her.

"We want this year to go by and for people to remember all those good things she did," William says.

"After 10 years there's been a rumbling of people bringing up the bad and over time people seem to forget - or have forgotten - all the amazing things she did and what an amazing person she was."

Prince Harry says: "She was a happy, fun, bubbly person who cared for so many people. She's very much missed by not only us, but by a lot of people and I think that's all that needs to be said, really."

Concert for Diana line-up

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Anastacia, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Donny Osmond, Jason Donovan, and Any Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead will be appearing in a special musicals medley

Bryan Ferry

Duran Duran

Elton John

English National Ballet


The Feeling

James Morrison

Joss Stone

Kanye West

Lily Allen

Natasha Bedingfield

Nelly Furtado


P Diddy

Pharrell Williams

Rod Stewart

Roger Hodgson of Supertramp

Status Quo

Take That

Tom Jones

Will Young

Wix Wickens


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