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HIlary Clinton Warned About “Nasty Palace Politics” Prior to Princess Diana’s Funeral

Hilary Clinton with Princess Diana

Hilary Clinton with Princess Diana

By Peter Foster, Washington, March 14, 2014

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Hillary Clinton was warned by US diplomats not to take questions from the press before the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in case she became ensnared in “nasty” palace politics, new documents have shown.

The advice to Mrs Clinton is contained in the latest installment of 4,000 pages of documents to be released from the archives of the Clinton Presidential library.

Citing the advice of Bob Bradtke, the deputy chief at the US embassy, the September 4 1997 note to White House staff said: “It is appropriate/expected that she [Hillary] make a brief statement but answer no questions (to avoid entanglement in…the increasingly ‘nasty’ Palace politics).”

The advice reflected the feverish atmosphere surrounding royal politics following the death of Diana, when flags did not immediately fly at half-mast from Buckingham Palace and the Queen delayed her return from her summer holiday in Balmoral.

The memo notes that Al Gore, the US vice president was to be designated to attend a service at the National Cathedral in Washington and go to the British Embassy to sign the condolence book.

In a separate aside, it is noted that the British Embassy in Washington had asked whether Tim Knatchbull, the grandson of Lord Mountbatten who was assassinated by the IRA, could “hitch a ride” on the First Lady’s plane. The document does not relate if the request was met or not.

The travails of the British Royal Family were also reflected in a gossipy June 1999 email exchange between two State Department officials which refers to the then Sophie Rhys-Jones and the “screwed up royal family”.

The new documents covers a wide range of areas in the Clinton presidency, including a 1998 official visit by Tony and Cherie Blair, the Rwanda Genocide and multiple drafts of Bill Clinton’s speech accepting that George W Bush had won the disputed 2000 presidential election.

Much of the contents remains redacted on national security grounds, including talking points and conversations ahead of the Blairs’ 1998 visit.

Some phrases immediately date the documents to the era of Third Way politics and ‘Cool Britannia’, such as Mr Gore introducing Mr Blair as “a politican nearly as popular as the Spice Girls”.

Hillary Clinton warned over ‘nasty’ palace politics at Diana funeral

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Hillary Clinton was warned by US diplomats not to take questions from the press before the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in case she became ensnared in “nasty” palace politics, new documents have shown.

The advice to Mrs Clinton is contained in the latest installment of 4,000 pages of documents to be released from the archives of the Clinton Presidential library.

Citing the advice of Bob Bradtke, the deputy chief at the US embassy, the September 4 1997 note to White House staff said: “It is appropriate/expected that she [Hillary] make a brief statement but answer no questions (to avoid entanglement in…the increasingly ‘nasty’ Palace politics).”

The advice reflected the feverish atmosphere surrounding royal politics following the death of Diana, when flags did not immediately fly at half-mast from Buckingham Palace and the Queen delayed her return from her summer holiday in Balmoral.

The memo notes that Al Gore, the US vice president was to be designated to attend a service at the National Cathedral in Washington and go to the British Embassy to sign the condolence book.

In a separate aside, it is noted that the British Embassy in Washington had asked whether Tim Knatchbull, the grandson of Lord Mountbatten who was assassinated by the IRA, could “hitch a ride” on the First Lady’s plane. The document does not relate if the request was met or not.

The travails of the British Royal Family were also reflected in a gossipy June 1999 email exchange between two State Department officials which refers to the then Sophie Rhys-Jones and the “screwed up royal family”.

The new documents covers a wide range of areas in the Clinton presidency, including a 1998 official visit by Tony and Cherie Blair, the Rwanda Genocide and multiple drafts of Bill Clinton’s speech accepting that George W Bush had won the disputed 2000 presidential election.

Much of the contents remains redacted on national security grounds, including talking points and conversations ahead of the Blairs’ 1998 visit.

Some phrases immediately date the documents to the era of Third Way politics and ‘Cool Britannia’, such as Mr Gore introducing Mr Blair as “a politican nearly as popular as the Spice Girls”.

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