Diana would have been at Grenfell comforting victims, say supporters outside Kensington Palace

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Princess Diana would have been at Grenfell tower honouring victims had she still been alive today, a fan said while paying tribute to her on the 20th anniversary of her death.

Dedicated fans arrived as early as 3am this morning to honour the princess.

Chris Imafidon, who chairs the Excellence in Education programme and has written a book on the royals, said: “Diana would have been in Grenfell, shaking hands with people who had lost their homes. That’s Diana for you.”

He added: “I’m sad. That was the longest day in my life, the day she died. Everything stopped.

Vigil: Chris Imafidon

“She was someone who broke down the barriers between the privileged elite and the downtrodden masses. She was a bridge.”

Royalists: John Lughrey, left, with fellow Diana devotee Kathy Martin

Kathy Martin, 55, was also among fans gathered in the spot where yesterday Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge met supporters as they laid tributes at a floral shrine.

She said: “I’m here to honour Princess Diana because I was so fascinated with her and what she did with her life. And she was so young when she died.

“We’re continuing her legacy and we’re continuing her memory.”

Ms Martin, who lives in Beckenham but is originally from Australia, added: “Today, 20 years on, I still can’t believe it. It feels like it just happened yesterday because she’s been in the media for quite some time now. Such sad memories.”

Self-declared Diana “super-fan” John Lughrey said he arrived at 2.45am this morning to begin his vigil.

The retired chef, 62, said: “I came here to show my respect to a special person. Princess Diana was born with two hearts. One was hers, the other was for the people.”

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