Monday 22 December 2014

Princess Diana's former chef criticises her brother Earl Spencer for grave 'neglect'

Anita McSorley

Published 17/08/2014 | 14:39

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Princess Diana’s former chef has criticised her brother Earl Spencer for neglecting to care for her final resting place at his island at his Althorp estate.

Former Royal chef Darren McGrady expressed his disappointment at the upkeep of her final resting place following a recent visit.

DIANA'S FAMILY WATCH THE HEARSE LEAVE FUNERAL...LON72:DIANA:LONDON,6SEP97 - Prince Charles (R) with his two sons Prince Harry (2ndR) and Prince William (3rdR) and Diana's brother Earl Spencer bow their heads as they watch the hearse bearing the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales leave Westminster Abbey, September 6.  Over a million mourners lined the route of the funeral procession through London.   hp/Photo by Jeff J  Mitchell    REUTERS
Prince Charles (R) with his two sons Prince Harry (2ndR) and Prince William (3rdR) and Diana's brother Earl Spencer bow their heads as they watch the hearse bearing the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales leave Westminster Abbey REUTERS

He accused Earl Spencer of 'neglecting' her grave and begged him to tidy it up.

“Sad to see Earl Spencer @AlthorpEstate has neglected Diana’s resting place,” he posted to his Twitter account.

He added; "PLEASE tidy up the vegetation on the island... If I cared for Princess Diana in life as you are doing in death I would have been fired.”

He also posted an unflattering picture showing the pond around the island covered in algae. Moss is also visible on the memorial statue at the edge of the pond.

A spokesperson for Althorp estate told the Sunday Express that algae is an 'unsightly problem for many lakes in the summer months'.

“Althorp employs contractors to deal with what is a highly invasive and fast growing weed on a regular basis and the Althorp gardeners also tackle it as part of their summer programme," they said.

“The exceptional temperatures of this summer have made the task of keeping it entirely under control extremely difficult.”

Darren worked at Buckingham Palace for the Queen for 11 years but left to join Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

His comments come just a few weeks before the 17th anniversary of Diana's death.

She died as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

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