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Princes arrange concert for Lady Diana

The Princes are personally handling everything from calling up the artists to getting regular updates.

art and culture Updated: Apr 07, 2007 11:35 IST

Princes William and Harry are making all the possible arrangements to ensure that the tribute concert for their mum appeals to the American audience.

The young royals are in talks with Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney to make sure that the show to mark the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death is a global spectacle.

"The Princes know that they need to get artists who are loved around the world, but particularly in America, to ensure it's a truly world-wide event no one will forget. They've already secured Elton and Kanye West, who are huge in the States, but really want Beyonce, Justin and Macca to ensure there's massive coverage over there. If it's big in America, it will be big all over the world,” the Mirror quoted a source, as saying.

The Concert For Diana, to be held at the new Wembley Stadium on July 1, will reportedly see Macca leading a supergroup to play the Beatles anthems.

"As far as they're concerned, Macca would be the icing on the cake. He met their mum many times and is a living legend. He's been approached to do it and talks are still going on. It's being suggested he do something special, such as leading a supergroup, like he did with Bono to kick off Live 8. That would be talked about for years and be a really fitting tribute to Princess Di,” the source said.

Sources revealed that the Princes are personally handling everything from calling up the artists to getting regular updates.

"William and Harry have not just been sitting back and letting everyone else do the work. They keep offering to help in any way they can, to secure the biggest names. William even phoned Elton to get him to agree to be one of the headlining acts,” the source said.

"The Princes are getting regular updates on which artists have confirmed. There are a number who have agreed in principle, but things still need to be firmed up. As always, there are issues with some about where they would be in the running order,” the source added.

The top notch acts lined up for the event include Rod Stewart, Pharrell Williams, Bryan Adams, Joss Stone, Orson, Keane, Bryan Ferry, Meat Loaf, Duran Duran, James Morrison, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the English National Ballet.

More than 60,000 people have bought the tickets, costing 45 pounds each, since they went on sale last December, and millions more will be able watch the event that will be covered live on BBC1 and Radio 2.

The money raised by the event will benefit the Diana Memorial Fund and other charities.

"We want it to represent exactly what our mother would have wanted. It has to be the best birthday present she ever had,” Prince William said.

First Published: Apr 05, 2007 17:48 IST