Earl Spencer has revealed that there have been four attempted break-ins to get access to the body of his sister, the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, the Earl said that attempts had been made to steal or dig up her body four times in the past 20 years.
He said: “We have had four attempted break-ins towards her body in the last 20 years. I am very glad that we have seen all of them off.
“There are some odd people out there. Keeping her right here [at Althorp] is the safest.”
Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a tragic car crash 20 years ago. She is buried on an island in the Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire.
Althorp has been home to the Spencer family for over 500 years and is a place where both the Spencers and the Royal Family can expect privacy while remembering the Princess.
The 53-year-old Earl did not reveal the motives for why people have targeted Diana’s body.
Likely reasons include morbid obsessions with the late Princess, and conspiracy theorists who are either trying to prove that Diana isn’t actually buried on Althrop Island at all.
In the same BBC interview, Diana’s brother claimed that he was lied to regarding Princes William and Harry wanting to walk behind the coffin during the funeral.
Earl Spencer said that he was “lied to and told they wanted to do it, which of course they didn’t.”
The Earl pushed for William and Harry to not have to walk behind the coffin, saying that it was not what Princess Diana would have wanted for them.
However, he said that “eventually I was lied to and told that they wanted to do it, which of course they didn’t, but I didn’t realise that.”