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Diana’s Brother Discusses Eulogy

June 25, 1998

LONDON (AP) _ Princess Diana’s brother said he did not intend to attack anyone in the now-famous eulogy at her funeral that was interpreted as criticizing the royal family, according to a television interview aired Wednesday.

During the funeral, Earl Spencer swore that Diana’s ``blood family″ would do all it could to continue her wishes for her sons, William and Harry, ``so that their souls are not simply immersed by duty and tradition but can sing openly.″

Earl Spencer said in the BBC-TV interview that he ``wasn’t taking swipes at any one″ and was surprised that the eulogy was interpreted as a criticism of the royal family.

``Diana brought to their lives something quite different and wonderful and I was just offering in any way that her surviving family could help to perpetuate that,″ he said during a documentary on the Spencer family home, where he is about to open a museum exhibition on Diana.

``I’m pleased that I said what I said for Diana. And judging from the letters I get from the public _ I got 200,000 letters _ people were in agreement that it needed to be said,″ he added.

Although his sister had been married to Prince Charles for 15 years, Spencer also said he didn’t know members of the royal family ``on a level of any significance″ except for his two nephews and said he was ``certainly not going to sit here and criticize their relatives.″

He also dismissed claims that his sister was set to marry Dodi Fayed, who died with her in the Aug. 31 car crash in Paris. Spencer said their relationship had not gone past the ``heady stage.″

The earl said claims made by Fayed’s father, Harrods department store owner Mohamed Al Fayed, that the couple were engaged the night they were killed were ``ridiculous.″

He said he and his family were not aware of any plans for marriage.

``It is speculation as to what might have happened or what might not have happened. It is completely ridiculous,″ he said.

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