The star-studded concert in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales will be an “incredible” night of music, Prince William and Prince Harry said today.
The royal brothers, who are putting on the celebration to commemorate their mother’s life 10 years after she died, made the prediction after meeting backroom staff and seeing last-minute preparations for the event.
Harry, 22, described the transformation of Wembley Stadium from a football venue to a music arena that will host 62,000 Diana fans tomorrow as “amazing”.
Speaking at a press conference after watching singer Joss Stone and her band perform a 20-minute sound check in the pouring rain William, 25, said: “We’re really excited by it.
“You heard Joss Stone singing, it’s pretty amazing, we’re very lucky to have her and everybody else that’s singing along – it’s going to make the evening an incredible night.”
The princes have invited friends to the event and it is rumoured Harry’s girlfriend Chelsy Davy and William’s former partner Kate Middleton will be in the audience.
Asked about guests, William, 25, replied: “I’ve got lots of friends coming so everyone’s going to be there on the night.”
Among the stars taking to the stage tomorrow, which would have been the princess’s 46th birthday, are Lily Allen, Rod Stewart, Natasha Bedingfield, James Morrison, Elton John and Take That.
The royal brothers were taken on a walkabout around the arena and given an insight into the work of backroom production staff who are working hard to put the finishing touches to the event.
The princes later hosted a special lunch where they met poorly children, who are being supported by the charity WellChild – of which Harry is patron – along with their parents and carers.
Some of the winners of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award, recognised for their courage and selflessness, were also invited.
And members of the Diana Community Children’s Nursing Teams – which enable seriously ill youngsters to be cared for at home – attended the lunch.
Harry spent time with Sandra Tigica, a 26-year-old Angolan who lost her left leg after stepping on a land mine in 1981.
Ms Tigica was the girl who appeared in a famous photograph with Diana in 1997.
The photo was taken when Ms Tigica met Diana while she was being treated at an orthopaedic centre in the Angolan capital Luanda. The Princess was touring the African country to see first-hand the human misery buried munitions can wreak.
The Prince bent down to talk to the diminutive Angolan mother who had brought her three-year-old daughter Eufrafina and nine-month-old son Hermingildo to the UK to celebrate the Princess’s memory at the concert.
Harry apologised to the 26-year-old for the fact there were no African musicians on the bill, saying: “I don’t know if the music will be good (for you), we tried to get some people from Lesotho (in Africa) but unfortunately we’re stuck with English people.”
He then jokingly asked Ms Tigica’s interpreter, Antonio Neo from the Angolan Red Cross: “Does she know Tom Jones?”
Speaking through the interpreter she said after meeting Harry: “I liked Diana very, very much, although it was a very short meeting.
“I didn’t know she was a princess, I only found out later she was a princess from England. I liked her a lot, it was a really nice meeting, she gave me hope to continue to live.”
William chatted to five-year-old Lenny Yule, who has a rare lung condition which means he has to breathe with the aid of an oxygen supply 24 hours a day, and his mother Edel Yule, 34, from Paisley near Glasgow.
Ms Yule said: “William was very relaxed and very nice. He spoke to me most because Lenny was a bit shy and a little tired but he still had a lot of attention for Lenny.
“He asked me if it was difficult carrying an oxygen tank around all the time but I said it was okay and when he asked Lenny about what his favourite music was my son said Take That.”