Friday 23 February 2018

Lewis Hamilton has penned a poem to Princess Diana and the reviews are in

From podiums to poems – what do you make of Lewis’s effort?

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during the drivers' parade during the 2017 British Grand Prix
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during the drivers' parade during the 2017 British Grand Prix

By Max McLean

A day after the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, three-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton posted a self-penned poem in her memory.

Diana died in a Paris car crash on August 31 1997, while her warmth, compassion and empathy for those she met earned her the description the “people’s princess”.

Hamilton posted his poem, accompanied by a montage of Diana photographs, to Instagram. It is entitled: ‘Englands Rose’.

As poems go it’s a little lacking in rhythm and metre, while the omission of apostrophes throughout suggests this didn’t pass through a sub-editor.

Meanwhile, “shinning star” could just as easily refer to Wayne Rooney’s bicycle kick off his shin pad against Manchester City.

Nevertheless, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.

Meanwhile, on Instagram joanaislourenco wrote: “This is beautiful, @lewishamilton! So kind, so pure!” and denisegspada replied: “Lovely tribute, Lewis”.

However, not everyone could face the prospect of Hamilton’s verse.

That’s art Lewis – you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

Press Association

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