Princess Diana’s brother has today said there have been four break-in attempts at the grave where the Princess of Wales is buried.
Earl Spencer said he was ‘very glad’ each attempt was unsuccessful on the island known as the Round Oval, which is close to her family home of Althorp House, Northamptonshire.
Diana, who died in a car crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997, was buried on the island which is on an ornamental lake.
Her brother believes his sister’s body is safest at the family’s home which is just yards from where she is buried.
The Earl also acknowledged he is still suffering with nightmares after the ‘harrowing’ event from 20 years ago.
But the Earl said he believed the experience was a ‘million times worse’ for Diana’s sons.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “It seemed natural to want to bury her here and I wanted to keep her safe actually. There was such a sort of whipped-up feeling of emotion everywhere that I was very worried about where we could safely bury her.”
“We’ve had four attempted break-ins towards her body in the last 20 years, and I’m very glad we’ve seen all of them off. There are some odd people out there and keeping her right here is the safest place,” he added.
William, now the Duke of Cambridge, was 15 and Harry 12 when their mother was killed.
Harry has only recently spoken about his mother’s funeral, saying: “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”