PRINCESS Diana has been “exorcised” in a grotesque remake of her funeral that saw her “coffin” carried through Manchester in broad daylight.
A bunch of ragtag gothics made a mockery of the People’s Princess in the “sick” satirical re-enactment yesterday – the 21st anniversary of her funeral.
Two decades ago saw 2.5billion people watch Diana’s final journey from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey in a sending off that gripped the world.
But those dignified and respectful scenes were replaced last night by a jaw-dropping “blasphemous” re-make that would leave Diana’s fans “sickened”.
Her hearse was swapped for a taxi the Royal Standard draping the coffin replaced with a black flag, and the crowds changed with arty youngsters holding cans of beer.
Elton John’s famous Candle in the Wind was performed by a live Mexican mariachi band and was said to have featured a Jimmy Savile impersonator.
“Diana fans would have been very offended”
Photographer Phil Taylor
Westminster Abbey became an industrial unit in Salford – a warehouse-turned-venue called The White Hotel – and the procession route was a walk across a dual carriageway.
“Mourners” pretended to cry as they threw flowers at the hearse and even a lone brocolli in a bizarre throwback to the emotional scenes on September 6, 1997.
And in another “twisted move” even the car Diana tragically crashed in and died was mocked-up with a fake clump of the Princess’s blonde hair scattered across the footwell.
The gobsmacking scenes have been revealed to Daily Star Online by Bolton photographer Phil Taylor, 57, who attended the event.
He told us: “It was a very bizarre event – it didn’t seem to touch people in any way emotional whatsoever.
“The ‘mourners’ were all too young to remember Diana’s funeral – thy were all bohemian arty types… you’d have to wear a black sweater to fit in.
“They were chatting and smoking one moment then following the hearse looking neutral the next. They enjoyed it.
“It was just strange – it was a funeral turned into an artistic happening.
“No passers-by reacted either, it seemed to be normal to be walking a coffin through the streets of Manchester.
“It was extremely peculiar and I know that real Diana fans would have been very offended by the event.
“This would have been seen as a blasphemy of Diana.
“It felt like these people were saying ‘we are artists and this is what we do’.”
Writer and filmmaker Jonathan Meades apparently played the role of Diana’s brother Charles, Earl Spencer, during the re-enactment.
But Phil told how he couldn’t watch it as all photographers were banned from entering The White House for the event.
The venue is located yards from HM Manchester Prison – formerly known as Strangeways jail – and is “surrounded by sex workers on the job”.
The old warehouse unit on the Salford industrial estate was even once dubbed “the perfect location for This Is England 2017”.