Princes Harry and William
Fergus Greer/Clarence House/AP
04/07/2008 at 04:00 PM EDT
Following Monday's findings
by an inquest jury that Princess Diana's 1997 death was due to the actions of the driver and the pursuing paparazzi, Prince William
and Prince Harry
issued a statement expressing thanks – and agreeing with the conclusion.
"We should like to thank the members of the Jury at the Inquests into the deaths of our mother and Dodi Al Fayed for the thorough way in which they have considered the evidence," their statement reads. "We agree with their verdicts, and are both hugely grateful to each and every one of them for the forbearance they have shown in accepting such significant disruption to their lives over the past six months.
"Both of us are much indebted to the Coroner, Lord Justice Scott Baker, for his unfailing courtesy, and for all the consideration shown by him and his staff not only to us but to all those involved in this hearing. We are particularly grateful to Trevor Rees, and to others who came forward to give evidence – in many cases reawakening their painful and personal memories."
Rees had been the bodyguard of Diana's boyfriend Dodi Fayed, and the only survivor of the Aug. 31, 1997, Paris tunnel car crash that claimed the lives of the couple as well as that of their intoxicated driver, Henri Paul.
"Finally," the princes concluded, "the two of us would like to express our most profound gratitude to all those who fought so desperately to save our mother's life on that tragic night."
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