DIANA'S MUM ON CRIMEWATCH; Shand Kydd's TV Plea over Stolen Royal jewels.(News)

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DIANA'S MUM ON CRIMEWATCH; Shand Kydd's TV Plea over Stolen Royal jewels.(News)


Byline: MIKE MERRITT EXCLUSIVE

PRINCESS Di's mother will use TV's Crimewatch to track down the jewel gang who raided her home, the Mail can reveal.

Frances Shand Kydd has disclosed the haul included the twin of Diana's wedding bracelet and a brooch belonging to Mary Queen of Scots.

At face value, they are worth pounds 100,000 but black-market collectors desperate for royal artefacts could pay up to pounds 1million.

Yesterday, Mrs Shand Kydd revealed the value of the historic haul was far higher than previously disclosed.

She hopes viewers of the top-rated BBC programme will help detectives track down her stolen treasures.

The show will screen a reconstruction of the raid that took place as she attended the trial of royal butler Paul Burrell at the Old Bailey in London.

The gang who raided her home on the Isle of Seil, near Oban, made off with a gold bracelet which was one of only two made to Mrs Shand Kydd's own design.

The other was a gift to daughter Diana, which she wore on her wedding day. The jewel encrusted brooch is more than 400 years old and is in the shape of a spray of flowers.

Two other bracelets, another brooch, three rings, earrings and other valuable items were also taken.

Mrs Shand Kydd, 66, has given the go-ahead for the televised appeal and has been working closely with detectives preparing for the show.

It will be the first time someone so closely linked to the Royal Family has featured on Crimewatch. She said: "I am delighted and humbled that the police have put my theft forward to Crimewatch and will be helping the programme."

Police had hoped Mrs Shand Kydd would be interviewed on the programme but she was badly bruised in a car crash near her home last week and may not take part in person.

She has also been shaken by the bitter fallout from the Burrell trial when the cleared butler attacked her family, claiming they had pushed for his prosecution.

Of the "Di bracelet", Mrs Shand Kydd said: "I gave it to Diana for her marriage and she wore it on her wedding day and was with her the rest of her life.

"There were only two ever made. I had mine made first and Diana kept admiring it. So, as a gift for her wedding, I had it copied exactly.

"I remember when I gave it to her, she was surprised. She said, `But you're wearing yours.' I said. `I had a second one made just for you.' She was so thrilled."

The bracelet was an 18ct gold double curb made by a top London jeweller.

The brooch was one of Mrs Shand Kydd's most treasured belongings, not just because of its historical significance or that it was a love token from her former husband, who remains a close friend. …

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