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Sunday, 26 April, 1998, 17:10 GMT 18:10 UK
Diana's mother backs fund 'concerns'
Mrs Shand Kydd and Diana
Frances Shand Kydd (right): supports the fund, while it is active
The mother of Diana, Princess of Wales, has backed Earl Spencer's concerns about the fund set up in her memory.

Spencer
Earl Spencer: unhappy at some fund-raising activities
Both Frances Shand Kydd and her son have told trustees of the memorial fund that it should be wound up after a set period of time.

It follows newspaper reports on Saturday that Earl Spencer said he wanted to see the "tasteless and degrading" fund closed by the third anniversary of her death - August 31, 2000.

But both family members have stressed they fully support the fund and its president, Diana's sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale, while it is active.

They spoke out as trustees announced they were to hold top-level, day-long talks in the next few weeks on the future of the fund.

Lady Sarah McCorquodale
Lady Sarah McCorquodale: responsible for fund
A spokeswoman said the meeting would cover issues such as the length of time it should run.

Earl Spencer's spokeswoman denied he had recommended a specific time limit for the fund.

"They voiced their concerns and, from what I understand, the trustees had a meeting about it and discussed it. They took the points on board and that's what the family wanted," she added.

"They feel the fund should have a finite life, but they are going to support it however long it exists.

"The earl completely backs the fund. He still supports it and always has."

Mrs Shand Kydd, 62, said a letter was sent to trustees earlier this month, written on behalf of herself and her son.

She said it "expressed concerns and asked questions" about the way the fund was being run.

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Fund expected to top 100m by the end of 1998
"I cannot comment on the content of the letter since it was written in confidence to the trustees and therefore, I am unable to make any comment on what has been reported.

"As a family we all support Sarah. We think she has a very hard task which she carries out with courage and integrity," added Mrs Shand Kydd.

Trustees said they had not received a request to wind-up the fund immediately, but said the earl and his mother had expressed concerns about the operation of the fund.

Earl Spencer has in the past made no secret of his unhappiness at some of the fund-raising activities the trustees have approved.

These include promoting lottery scratchcards and allowing Diana's signature - logo of the fund - to be used on tubs of margarine in connection with charity runners in the London Marathon.

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