The People’s Princess, Britons work to keep memory alive


LONDON (Reuters) – Abdul Daoud spilt most of the cappuccino into the saucer the first time he served Princess Diana, his nerves getting the better of him.

Almost 20 years on since she was killed when her car crashed in a Paris tunnel, he still works surrounded by pictures of the woman he calls “the princess of the people” in his cafe, named Diana, his very personal attempt to keep her memory alive.

“My promise to her is to put this place as a tribute for her,” he said of his cafe, set up in 1989, near London’s Kensington Gardens, home to the palace where Diana used to live.

For him, celebrating her life is “business as usual” at the cafe where visitors can eat Diana salads or Diana burgers and where he said she used to stop by regularly.

“She is the princess of the people, always,” he said, adding that he does not believe she will ever be forgotten.

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But many younger Britons said that while they can understand the fascination with the princess, whose struggles to fit in to the…

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