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Diana Memorial Concert raised £1.2 million

Story by Jack Foley

THE Diana Memorial Concert held in July in memory of the late princess succeeded in raising £1.2m for charity, it has been revealed.

The concert was organised by Princes William and Harry to mark the 10th anniversary of their mother’s death.

It boasted performances from a star-studded and varied line-up including Sir Elton John, Rod Stewart, US rapper Kanye West, Sir Tom Jones and Take That.

Eight charitable causes will share at least £150,000 from the proceeds with the chosen beneficiaries including the Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Fund and Harry’s charity Sentebale, which helps Aids orphans in Lesotho.

Two London hospitals – the Royal Marsden, where cancer patients are treated, and Great Ormond Street for children – are included, along with Centrepoint, which helps the homeless “rebuild their lives”.

The National Aids Trust, The English National Ballet – of which Diana was a patron and which performed at the concert – will also benefit, along with The Leprosy Mission.

An estimated 63,000 people attended the concert on Sunday, July 1, and it was also broadcast to 140 countries, attracting an audience of billions. It was one of the few summer concerts to avoid heavy rainfall and was widely considered a massive success.

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