Feb 16, 2011


Wednesday February 16,2011
By Richard Palmer

DAVID Cameron has pledged to preserve Princess Diana's legacy amid concerns that the Establishment is quietly trying to forget her to make way for Queen Camilla.
Although he has refused to be drawn on a palace plot to make Camilla our Queen despite earlier assurances that she would be known as Princess Consort when Prince Charles becomes King, the Prime Minister insists he remains keen that Diana should be remembered.

On Tuesday he became a patron of the Diana Award, a charity that in the last 12 years has encouraged 33,000 young people to help others in their community, perpetuating the late Princess's belief in the power of youth to change the world.

At a Downing Street reception for the charity on Tuesday evening, Cameron spoke of his admiration for Diana's work and the Award set up in her name 12 years ago by a Government committee chaired by the then Chancellor, Gordon Brown.

"The Diana Award is a wonderful way to leave a living legacy to the late Princess and to recognise our country's talented and inspirational young people who volunteer, work and campaign for the benefit of others," he said.

"As a proud patron of the Diana Award, I hope this evening’s event helps to showcase some of the remarkable achievements of our young people, and in doing so inspires many more to get involved and make a difference.” 

But then came the rub. Unlike his Labour predecessors who have given the charity between £325,000 and £450,000 a year to fund its operations since 1999,  he did not come up with any Government money for the award this year.

"If you think about what she achieved, she wasn't somebody who handed out lots of money. She didn't have money like a Government minister or the Chancellor of the Exchequer or the Prime Minister," said Cameron. "But she had huge influence because of what she spoke about and what she cared about."

The charity might have liked a bit of Government cash though, David, to help fund its work.


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