Gillian at Concert to Honor Princess Diana
Posted at 6:31 AM (PDT) on Sunday, July 1, 2007
Gillian is participating in this concert for Diana by introducing one of the performers.
LONDON - Princess Diana's sons stage a charity concert in her memory on Sunday (at London's Wembley Stadium) which they hope will quell her critics and celebrate her humanitarian achievements.
On what would have been Diana's 46th birthday, Princes William and Harry have lined up a string of pop veterans from Rod Stewart to Duran Duran for a six-hour show being broadcast to 145 countries.
British singers Bryan Ferry and Joss Stone along with U.S. rappers Pharrell Williams and Kanye West are to join the line-up while composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will stage a medley of songs from his musicals and the English National Ballet will perform.
Other young royals are due to attend the concert along with William and Harry but their father, Prince Charles, who divorced Diana in 1996, is not scheduled to appear.
William said the concert was a chance for people to "remember all the good things about her because she's not here to defend herself when she gets criticized."
"After 10 years, there's been a rumbling of people bringing up the bad, and over time people seem to forget — or have forgotten — all the amazing things she did and what an amazing person she was," William said in the interview, which was recorded earlier this month and broadcast Friday.
Tickets for the concert cost 45 pounds (US$90; €67), with proceeds going to causes Diana supported, including land mine and AIDS charities.
Harry said the brothers had asked Elton John to play "Candle in the Wind," the song he played at Diana's funeral in Westminster Abbey. Originally about Marilyn Monroe, its lyrics were reworked in tribute to Diana, and it became a worldwide No. 1 hit in 1997.
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