Palmer-Tomkinson's older sister Santa Montefiore shared a heart-rending eulogy via her Facebook page.
The funeral of the late socialite and TV presenter Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has taken place at a private service in Hampshire, with the star’s sister sharing the touching eulogy she read online.
Palmer-Tomkinson was laid to rest in front of a congregation of close family and friends on Monday (February 27th). However, Santa Montefiore posted the eulogy that she had delivered at the service, which was addressed directly to her sister, on social media afterwards.
In the emotional speech posted to Facebook, she hoped that “angels wrap their wings” around Tara and that she “heals in heaven… because you found life hard and now it is done.”
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson photographed in 2015
This seemed to be an acknowledgment of Palmer-Tomkinson’s previous struggles with substance abuse, for which she sought rehab in the early noughties. However, the family denied that she was in a “dark place” when she died earlier this month.
“Those that knew and were close to Tara knew that there was no retreat to a ‘dark place’ as some have disappointingly sought to suggest,” a statement read several weeks ago.
Remembering her younger sister when they were both children, Montefiore continued that she hoped “you can make rabbit ears and witty rhymes up there, because your loopy humour was your gift to us and now it is your gift to them. How they will laugh. I envy them that,” she said.
They were “a family of five, but now we are four and that just isn't right. I hope you're aware of all the lovely things people have written about you, and that you are touched, because you never believed you lit up a room or made people feel special, but you did. You really did.”
Palmer-Tomkinson rose to fame in the 1990s as an ‘it girl’, renowned for hard-partying and socialising with the stars, on top of her career as a columnist and occasional TV presenter.
She received treatment for a non-malignant brain tumour in 2016. However, her passing on February 8th was found to have been caused by a perforated stomach ulcer, and she was said to have passed away “peacefully in her sleep” at her home in South Kensington at the age of 45.