Tabloids sought lip-readers to spy at funeral
September 4, 1997
Web posted at: 8:53 a.m. EDT (1253 GMT)
LONDON (CNN) -- A leading charity for the deaf on Thursday
rejected a request by two tabloid newspapers that it provide
professional lip-readers to note down the royal family's
private conversations during Princess Diana's funeral.
The Royal National Institution for Deaf People (RNID) said
it was inappropriate for lip-readers to invade the privacy of
others and condemned the request.
"Lip-readers work under a very strict code of ethical
conduct. This would breach this code. Under no circumstances
would we allow any of our lip-readers to do this," said Tim
Sargeant, a spokesman for the institution.
He would not identify the two tabloids.
Diana's funeral will take place in Westminster Abbey on
Saturday before she is buried at her family's estate in
It is unlikely that lip-readers would be able to decipher any
conversations because television coverage of the funeral
isn't expected to include close-ups of the royal family.