Aug 31, 2022
Remembering Princess Diana On The 25th Anniversary Of Her Death Transcript
NBC’s Wilfred Frost joins TODAY to discuss Princess Diana’s legacy 25 years after her death. Read the transcript here.
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Speaker 1: (00:00)
Let’s focus more on Princess Diana’s legacy, her sons and their future. Our friend, Wilfred Frost, an NBC News contributor and anchor for Sky News is also at Kensington Palace this morning.
Speaker 1: (00:09)
Wilfred, good morning to you.
Wilfred Frost: (00:12)
Very good morning, guys.
Speaker 1: (00:13)
We want to talk about William and Harry, of course, but let’s start with Princess Diana. 25 years ago, the world, and really the Royal family, all of us rocked by this tragedy. Can you put it in perspective for us? How is it being remembered there? Is it the way it used to be?
Wilfred Frost: (00:31)
I think there’s no big formal public events today, but people privately certainly remembering her, and the press. Remembering her legacy very loudly. As Kelly just mentioned, William and Harry doing so privately today. In part because for her 60th birthday, or what would’ve been, they unveiled that statue just one summer ago.
Wilfred Frost: (00:51)
In terms of her legacy, it is shining as bright as ever across the nation. And top of the list remains the fact that she used her platform to help those less fortunate than she was. And of course it was a different age then, 25 years ago, to support a charity. It wasn’t just the case of putting out a tweet. It involved a lot of work, a lot of effort, at times some risk, and she pulled that all together to devastatingly good effect, attracting such huge attention to the causes that she cared passionately about.
Speaker 3: (01:23)
Wilfred, let’s talk about her two sons for a moment here and that ongoing rift. Meghan Markle said something recently in an interview, and I want to make sure I get this right. She said, quote, “Just by existing we were upsetting the dynamic of the hierarchy.”
Speaker 3: (01:39)
Do you think that’s fair, Wilfred?
Wilfred Frost: (01:43)
I don’t personally, and I think 2017 and 2018 are evidence of that. As Kelly referred to that period, they were seen as the fab four. They were welcomed very warmly into the family and by the public at large.
Wilfred Frost: (01:58)
Now, clearly things have gone downhill since then and it remains to be seen where things will end up. But I would also just point out that the relevance that they are playing to the public image of the Royal family here is diminishing with time. So maybe there was some truth in the words that you meant, that they were upsetting the dynamic at some point. But as time is going on, more and more it’s other issues that are defining the Royal family. Some of them negative, of course, they’ve had many challenges in the last year, but less so Harry and Meghan.
Speaker 3: (02:32)
Wilfred Frost, we’ve enjoyed our conversation so much. Wilfred’s going to come back in the third hour and we’re going to continue the conversation as well.
Speaker 1: (02:39)
Thank you, Wilfred.
Speaker 3: (02:40)
By the way, for much more on Princess Diana and her legacy, we encourage you to watch our streaming special, Diana and the Modern Monarchy. That’s today at noon and 6:00 Eastern on Today All Day and Peacock.
Speaker 4: (02:55)
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