Blair attended to press reporters that early morning from his house constituency in County Durham, stating he was “utterly devastated,” like the remainder of the nation. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Princess Diana’s family, in particular her two sons, the two boys,” he stated, gripping and unclasping his hands in front of him.
“Our hearts go out to them. We are today a nation, in Britain, in a state of shock, in mourning, in grief that is so deeply painful for us.” Blair stopped briefly. “She was a fantastic, and a warm, person. Though her own life was typically regretfully touched by disaster, she touched the lives of numerous others, in Britain, throughout the world, with happiness and with convenience. How often times should we remember her, in the number of various methods? With the ill, the passing away, with the kids, with the clingy– when with simply an appearance, or a gesture that spoke a lot more than words, she would expose to everybody the depth of her empathy and her humankind.
“You know how difficult things were for her from time to time, I’m sure we could only guess at, but the people everywhere—not just here in Britain, everywhere—they kept faith with Princess Diana,” Blair concluded. “They liked her, they loved her, they regarded her as one of the people. She was the People’s Princess. And that’s how she will stay, how she will remain, in our hearts and in our memories, forever.”