Letter: Respect for Royal Family's grief

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Sir: Having lived through the violent and much reported death of a close family member, I had the utmost sympathy with the Royal Family's decision to hide itself away from the public.

At this time all families need to be close together and may well not have the strength to face people outside their immediate confines. This was certainly my experience. For the royals the experience can only be worse, as they will be subject to intense public gaze on Saturday and beyond, a fate no others have to endure.

I implore your readers to think first of the needs of Diana's immediate family and less of their own needs. If we really care for Diana we should lend the father of her children, and their other close relatives, our support as they try to support the two boys through this impossible time.

RICHARD CADMAN

London SW15

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