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Wednesday, September 1, 1999 Published at 11:02 GMT 12:02 UK


Calls for Diana memorial in Wales

Diana greets people in Wales - now they want a memorial

The former butler and confidante of Princess Diana has called for Wales to have its own memorial for people to remember her life's work.

Paul Burrell has told BBC Wales Today that two years after the Princess's death, there should by now be a lasting memorial to her.

BBC Wales's Penny Roberts finds out if Wales wants a memorial to Diana
"I think the people of Wales are naturally proud to have had such a wonderful woman as the Princess of Wales," he said.

"She was the people's princess and the people of this country will decide."

Members of the public have been placing flowers and tributes at Llandaff Cathedral where hundreds gathered together to watch her funeral on television.

[ image: Diana's former butler Paul Burrell says it is time for a memorial]
Diana's former butler Paul Burrell says it is time for a memorial
And there are more flowers than the first anniversary last year of the crash in Paris on August 31 which killed the princess, her friend Dodi Fayed and their driver.

In London, people at Kensington Palace have called for a permanent memorial to the princess. More than 2,000 have so far signed a petition.

Organiser Jill Marseilles said: "Almost everybody who has been here has signed in support. We don't want anything too expensive or lavish, just a small fountain to remember her by."

The separate Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Fund still has more than £75m invested but does not consider a permanent memorial to the princess to be part of its brief.

[ image: A boy prays by flowers left for Diana at Llandaff Cathedral]
A boy prays by flowers left for Diana at Llandaff Cathedral
That view is shared by Dominic Jenkins of the Ty Hafan Hospice which Diana supported until she separated from her husband.

He thought a monument to Diana was not the best way to remember her.

"What happens is pigeons sit on them eventually. I think with all things, when you are looking at someone who has passed away your best memories are in your mind."

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