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Clinton Aides Warned of 'Nasty' Politics at Diana Funeral

Pictures, notes and flowers placed by people are seen on the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, on the 10-year anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, Friday Aug. 31, 2007. It has been 10 years since her death in a Paris car crash, when many Britons were poleaxed by grief for a vivacious and troubled woman who was at once princess, style icon, charity worker and tabloid celebrity. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Pictures, notes and flowers placed by people are seen on the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, on the 10-year anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, Friday Aug. 31, 2007. It has been 10 years since her death in a Paris car crash, when many Britons were poleaxed by grief for a vivacious and troubled woman who was at once princess, style icon, charity worker and tabloid celebrity. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)LEFTERIS PITARAKIS / AP

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Hillary Clinton was warned not to take questions while attending the 1997 funeral of Princess Diana in order to avoid “nasty Palace politics,” new documents released by the Clinton Library on Friday show.

“[S]he will be the most prominent guest at the funeral and it is appropriate/expected that she make a brief statement but answer no questions (to avoid entanglement in what he describes as the increasingly "nasty" Palace politics)” White House aide Glyn Davies wrote in a message to staff.

Davies relayed the advice from Bob Bradtke, who then served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in London.

Davies also indicated that a cousin of Price Charles had requested to fly with Clinton on the plane to London. It’s not clear if he was successful in hitching the ride.

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