Millennium Dome could have been turned into tribute to Princess Diana, classified files reveal

THE Millennium Dome could have been turned into a tribute to Princess Diana, classified files reveal.

The idea was proposed to Tony Blair in 1997 just two days after Diana died in a car crash.

The Millennium Dome could have been turned into a tribute to Princess Diana, classified files reveal
The Millennium Dome could have been turned into a tribute to Princess Diana, classified files revealCredit: Alamy

Spin chief Alastair Campbell wrote to the then PM saying the building, now London’s 02, could house a hospital, businesses, charities and homes, and be renamed “the Princess Diana Centre”.

Ministers were told it would “not go down particularly well with the Royal Family”. But the document shows Sam Chisholm, on the Dome’s board, saw that “as a pretty big plus”.

Ministers were told it would 'not go down particularly well with the Royal Family'
Ministers were told it would ‘not go down particularly well with the Royal Family’Credit: PA
The idea was proposed to Tony Blair in 1997 just two days after Diana died in a car crash
The idea was proposed to Tony Blair in 1997 just two days after Diana died in a car crashCredit: PA

At the time there were fears the Dome would not be finished in time and would not get enough visitors.

Other documents revealed by the National Archives show Bill Clinton refused tea with the Queen on his 1997 visit to “be a tourist.”

Instead he and wife Hillary had a £298 dinner with the Blairs at the Pont de la Tour restaurant at Tower Bridge.

Princess Diana marriage to Prince Charles on 29 July 1981

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