End Diana conspiracy theories, says bishop

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The Bishop of London has made an impassioned plea to end the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

At an emotional service yesterday marking 10 years since she died in a car crash in a Paris underpass, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres said that it was time to "let Diana rest in peace".

He said: "Still 10 years after her tragic death there are regular reports of 'fury' at this or that incident and the Princess's memory is used for scoring points. Let it end here. Let this service mark the point at which we let her rest in peace and dwell on her memory with thanksgiving and compassion."

His comments followed a poignant and personally written tribute paid by Prince Harry, who described his mother as "the best mother in the world".

Speaking at the memorial service at Guards' Chapel, near Buckingham Palace, the Prince said: "Put simply, she made us and so many other people happy. May this be the way that she is remembered."

In front of the Queen, the Prince of Wales, a congregation of 500 and a worldwide television audience, Harry shared his personal thoughts about his mother and said the royal brothers thought of Diana every day. "To lose a parent so suddenly at such a young age – as others have experienced – is indescribably shocking and sad."

He declared: "She was our guardian, friend and protector. She never once allowed her unfaltering love for us to go unspoken or undemonstrated. She will always be remembered for her amazing public work." He added: "But behind the media glare, to us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world."

Harrods came to a standstill when shoppers joined Mohamed Al Fayed to remember his son Dodi, and Diana. His brow furrowed with grief, Mr Fayed – who was not invited to the service – stood behind the store's statue of the couple for a two-minute silence.