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Diana reprimands aide for report that she is angry with sons’ ex-nanny

May 30, 1997

LONDON (AP) _ Princess Diana reprimanded an aide Friday for telling a tabloid newspaper that she was furious because her son Prince William invited his former nanny to a parents’ day picnic at his elite private school.

Diana’s lawyers said the unidentified aide will no longer act as an official spokesman for Diana.

The aide told The Sun newspaper Diana was angry that Tiggy Legge-Bourke, 31, attended the picnic at Eton on Wednesday at the 14-year-old William’s invitation.

Diana and her former husband, Prince Charles, stayed away to avoid disrupting the event because of media attention, British media said.

``Contrary to the reports appearing in the media this week, the Princess of Wales was more than pleased that Tiggy Legge-Bourke was able to be with Prince William on parents’ day,″ Diana said in a statement.

``The princess would like to make it clear that ... she has not uttered a single word either in public or privately about this occasion.″

In a Page 1 report Thursday, The Sun said William defied his parents by inviting Miss Legge-Bourke. Newspapers ran pictures of her dishing out picnic food for William on a tartan rug spread on the bank of the River Thames.

The Sun reported Friday that Diana regarded Miss Legge-Bourke as ``thoughtless, idiotic and foolish″ for drawing public attention to the prince by attending.

Diana’s lawyers and The Sun said in a joint statement that the newspaper had accurately reported the aide’s remarks about Miss Legge-Bourke _ ``but his comments did not, in fact, reflect the princess’s opinions.″

Miss Legge-Bourke quit as nanny to William and his brother, Prince Harry, 12, in March after repeated reports that Diana was jealous of her warm relationship with them.

Last year, a libel lawyer representing Miss Legge-Bourke demanded that Diana withdraw hurtful remarks she made during a party. The matter was settled privately and the nature of the insult never was confirmed.

Charles and Diana, who divorced in August, share custody of their sons.

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