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Old 07-02-2015, 11:35 PM
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Rather than being a Cult of Diana though, many conspiracy theorists cannot look at the sudden premature death of any celebrity or prominent person (including Diana) without constructing some weird and convoluted 'explanation' for it.

This usually involves shadowy powers behind the scenes who decided the person knew too much or stood in the way of something or other. Look at the theories surrounding the death of Marilyn Monroe for example.

I except Dodi's grieving father from this although the poor man doesn't seem able to accept that the deaths of Dodi and Diana were just a terrible tragic accident.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:09 AM
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So obviously you don't study or enjoy history because that is what History is - the study and analysis of people who were once living.

It is what I do for a living.

Diana is now a figure from history to be debated, argued over, analysed, discussed etc for the rest of time - as far as historians and students of History are concerned - like Churchill, Henry VIII, Hitler, Florence Nightingale, Nelson Mandela etc etc etc.
Well, I'll confess I am not into history at all. But I think that my age is an important factor too: I didn't live the "Diana phenomenon" and I barely have some memories of her, even though I recall well the day she died... I was only a kid but I rememember uttering these words:" Princess Diana is dead. She was that beautiful unhappy blonde princess, wasn't she mom?" And as all kids, I think I pretty well summarized what the main thought about Lady Di was at that time. I don't know, I could be totally wrong but to me it is still too premature and almost excessive to compare Diana to character such Htiler, Mandela etc. I can see that Diana's links to them may be the huge impact on the masses and negstive or positive effects they caused to humanity... But to be fair, I think Diana's influence is going to fade slowly but progressively in the time, as the years pass, and people who "lived" her pass away... I also think it will be pretty interesting to see Diana being "analysed" by historians in the future, when a more objective take will likely be used. Now too many feelings and emotions still surround her image, for her to be properly "studied". JIMO of course and sorry if I sound presumptuos, but I think that the younger generations (who come after the Diana'era) may have the and better judgment, that is a better neutral view of her, to discuss her true persona (or many traits of it)in the years to come...

Please, don't be too harsh on me, I speak from my mid-twenties... and maybe I see the late Diana with new, too modern perhaps, and not expert eyes...
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Old 07-03-2015, 03:00 PM
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Marty91charmed, I think that what you expressed to your mother on Diana's death encapsulates a lot of the story. It's interesting to hear the reactions of those who were very young when Diana died and those who still wish to discuss their memories of her after all these years. My own feelings are confused, because I'm nostalgic about the Diana years in many ways, perhaps because she was only a year older than I. She and I matured as young women during the same years, although our lives obviously had such different paths. I had her on such a pedestal, which is always dangerous. I was worried about her during the 90s, as her life was falling apart and there was so much bad stuff coming out about her. So now, I tend to concentrate on the nostalgic part of it, although I do get annoyed when people make excuses for her bad behaviour. So these are parts of her legacy as it affects me: nostalgia, disappointment, and annoyance. Quite a package.
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Old 07-03-2015, 03:59 PM
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Marty91charmed, I think that what you expressed to your mother on Diana's death encapsulates a lot of the story. It's interesting to hear the reactions of those who were very young when Diana died and those who still wish to discuss their memories of her after all these years. My own feelings are confused, because I'm nostalgic about the Diana years in many ways, perhaps because she was only a year older than I. She and I matured as young women during the same years, although our lives obviously had such different paths. I had her on such a pedestal, which is always dangerous. I was worried about her during the 90s, as her life was falling apart and there was so much bad stuff coming out about her. So now, I tend to concentrate on the nostalgic part of it, although I do get annoyed when people make excuses for her bad behaviour. So these are parts of her legacy as it affects me: nostalgia, disappointment, and annoyance. Quite a package.
I think that the ideal Diana was quite common in those years, and my mom almost worhsipped her and tried to make me think the same... With th eyes of a kid she was my princess... the one of the disney movies, so to speak... But even as a child I perceived there was something off or not right with her life... I think that contradiction is her legacy to me... Because she has always been define as a god/ perfect role model or as a very problematic/negative character... I believe it is those two opponent sides are her fascination and her true self was in between.. (eve though I think her good sides were those in the public display and that her natural behaviour was something impossible to detect...)..
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:19 PM
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.. my mom almost worhsipped her and tried to make me think the same.....
That is dreadful that your mother tried to force her way of thinking on to her child.
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:27 PM
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That is dreadful that your mother tried to force her way of thinking on to her child.
Oh no! It is not like she threated me or anything! She simply coomented on how good and brave Diana was in her opinion, in front of me... So I grew up (at least in the childhood years" with that thinking... Seriously, "forcing her way of thinking" is a utter exageration! It is not like she forced me into some ethic ways of life, God... just an personal view of a princess... I find it rather offensive you think that
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:43 PM
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I read what you wrote and I thought of the cults that take their children with them and indoctrinate the children into the cult.

I cannot see why you would be offended as they were your own words.

There are others on this website who joined the Diana bandwagon because of their mothers.

JMO, a child should have the freedom to make their own opinions about people without being influenced by adults.
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:45 PM
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I'd say that most of us here would agree with you. During 1980 and, I would say, up to after William was born, her image was faultless. The rumours of her problems didn't begin until 1982, when it was thought that she might have anorexia. Nigel Dempster was one of the first to report some of the rumours about her private behaviour. I believe it was he who described her as a 'monster.' Then things quieted down again, and I don't remember much more controversy until around 1985. By 1987, no holds were barred on the speculation about her and Charles's problems.

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Because she has always been define as a god/ perfect role model or as a very problematic/negative character... I believe it is those two opponent sides are her fascination and her true self was in between.. (eve though I think her good sides were those in the public display and that her natural behaviour was something impossible to detect...)..
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:46 PM
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QueenCamilla: it is just about Diana... a gossip area from my mom... she simply told me she adored her etc and was an inspiring woman... that's all... no big deal...
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:51 PM
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I'd say that most of us here would agree with you. During 1980 and, I would say, up to after William was born, her image was faultless. The rumours of her problems didn't begin until 1982, when it was thought that she might have anorexia. Nigel Dempster was one of the first to report some of the rumours about her private behaviour. I believe it was he who described her as a 'monster.' Then things quieted down again, and I don't remember much more controversy until around 1985. By 1987, no holds were barred on the speculation about her and Charles's problems.
I think it is still too early for me to have an all-rounded opinion on her... but i am sure of one thing: I have some neutral thoughts, and try to form my take on her without the influx of the media or other opinions... (not easy i know)... I just watch videos of her without the comments, over the top claims etc... When I will be older, I'll dare talk about Diana
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Old 07-03-2015, 05:07 PM
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I'd say that most of us here would agree with you. During 1980 and, I would say, up to after William was born, her image was faultless. The rumours of her problems didn't begin until 1982, when it was thought that she might have anorexia. Nigel Dempster was one of the first to report some of the rumours about her private behaviour. I believe it was he who described her as a 'monster.' Then things quieted down again, and I don't remember much more controversy until around 1985. By 1987, no holds were barred on the speculation about her and Charles's problems.
Not true.

James Whitaker book published in 1981 did not portray Diana in a favorable light.

I remember the tabloids headline about the not so shy Di, including one from a former nanny.

There were several articles long before the wedding and some before the engagement.

Then there were the Stephan Barry books. There were major staff firings that were pointed as being caused by Diana.

There was the taking of two apartments at KP and merging into one, this too was directed at Diana.

I remember a lot of the negative articles because I remember her first public appearance with Charles in 1978 when she snatched the binoculars while they were still on his neck.

I thought her behavior was disrespectful to Charles and the RF.

From that point in 1978, I was against her being attached to Charles.

When she reappeared with the mirror my thoughts were 'run Charles run get away from her.'
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Old 07-03-2015, 05:25 PM
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This is not the thread to discuss Charles and Diana's relationship. Let's get back on topic.
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Old 07-04-2015, 07:35 PM
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Diana's legacy is her medical and biological DNA.

William is a perfect example.
He has the same long face, the same facial shape, the same forehead, brows, eye shape and mouth. His two year picture and Diana's two year old are the exact same face. As William got older his nose and chin developed but everything else except the teeth are still the same.

William even has Diana's mannerism and facial expressions.

People talk about the Windsor genes, in the future they will talk about the Spencer genes.
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Yet a further number of posts have been deleted for being off-topic. This thread is not about Charles and Diana's marriage, nor is it an opportunity to speculate on William's relationship with Diana, what Diana would have been like as a mother-in-law or whether or not William would have married Catherine had Diana still be alive.
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:03 AM
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Diana's legacy runs through William and Harry, George & Charlotte. It's even deeper than just with Diana, because it's both Diana and Charles that have great legacies to pass on to their children and grandchildren. Despite what happened to the Waleses marriage, Diana and Charles accomplished a lot and it's something for their children and grandchildren to draw some inspiration from.
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Diana was under so much pressure, and she still went on her charity work with her whole heart. That is why I think she is a PURE humanitarian.
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Old 07-09-2015, 06:29 AM
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Diana was under so much pressure, and she still went on her charity work with her whole heart. That is why I think she is a PURE humanitarian.
A PURE humanitarian would show compassion and understanding and caring to each and every human being that entered into their world. That for sure didn't happen with Diana as she caused a lot of people a lot of grief.
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Old 07-09-2015, 07:40 AM
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Diana was under so much pressure, and she still went on her charity work with her whole heart. That is why I think she is a PURE humanitarian.

No she did not.
Her own words. She only did charity work because she had nothing to do. (Settelen tape.) William chimes in and say 'She's hopeless.'

What was her quote about her royal duties? It was something along the line that 70% was sludge.

Her private secretary said she had temper tantrums before doing her 'charity work'.
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A look back, from 2007 at Britain's reaction to Diana's death and the changes it wrought.

Mourning Diana: A moment of madness? | UK news | The Guardian
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Wow, 2007, imagine what the same review will say in 2017?

Interestingly the view is only sociological with a hint of psychological analysis, being mostly that it was an isolated event. Moreover, while frightening, it showed how the "deep" feelings were mostly gone within a week and cringeworthy thereafter.

Nobody is negating Diana's death, but it was well in perspective 10 weeks after let alone 10 years. Just as the BRF learnt from the experience, so did the people of the UK.

What can we say? "Except on forums such as these?"
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