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Old 09-08-2016, 11:03 PM
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I like this reading done by Lady Jane Fellowes.
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:03 PM
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What it really all boils down to is one word. Family. At the time of her death, Diana, Princess of Wales was a private citizen and although she had ties through her sons to the British Royal Family, she was no longer a member of that family and the BRF no longer had ties to her except through her sons.

All in all, I think her burial on the island at Althorp was the best move the Spencer family made as by observing the reaction of the people to her death, the outlying cause of her death (paparazzi) and the frenzy of the days following her death, they wanted some modicum of privacy for a very public person. I do think that Charles acted admirably in doing what he could for his sons by showing deep respect for his ex-wife by doing what he could to honor the mother of his boys by escorting her body back to the UK and walking with his sons in the funeral procession. At Balmoral, away from the public eye, Will and Harry were able to have their space to take in, process and come to grips with what perhaps was the most horrific moments of their young lives before having to be gawked at and photographed and such by people all over the world. HM made the right move at this time. She was a grandmother before a Queen. Her family rightly mattered more at that time than the multitudes of people clamoring for her to express what they were all feeling.

I feel that most of the blame for any problems that arose during that time did not point to the Spencers or to the Windsors but to the Prime Minister of the day, Tony Blair, and the media itself. It was his office that coined the phrase "people's princess" and it was the media that jumped on this adding fuel to the fire creating a frenzy where it became next to impossible for either the Spencers or the Windsors to handle this tragedy within their families.
I do agree with much of what you've stated, except that I've always believed that the "grey suits" at BP were the ones who got it wrong. Blair was batting clean up and took advantage.

As I recall, the first "people's princess" reference actually was in Andrew Morton's 1990 book Diana's Diary: An Intimate Portrait of the Princess of Wales.
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As I recall, the first "people's princess" reference actually was in Andrew Morton's 1990 book Diana's Diary: An Intimate Portrait of the Princess of Wales.
IF I'm not mistaken, that what Diana stated that she wanted to be was "Queen of people's hearts". Not exactly sure when that was. Panorama interview maybe?
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IF I'm not mistaken, that what Diana stated that she wanted to be was "Queen of people's hearts". Not exactly sure when that was. Panorama interview maybe?

I was watching some Youtube program that focused on the background/publication of Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton. I had always thought poorly of Morton when he re-released the book after her death. Well, this show clarified that Morton's publishers wanted the book re-released (with additional material? not sure if I remember it all), but that Morton himself opposed it. I had a change of heart about him as I watched the show (for the better). I think this is when I learned about the light-weight book Diana's Diary that he had published in 1990 prior to working with her on Her True Story. I hadn't read the Diary book, so checked it out at the library. It was sort of interesting, considering when it was published...but I remember being shocked when I came across his reference to her as "the people's princess." I had always thought that Blair had created that reference.

Diana did say she wanted to be queen of people's hearts in the Panorama interview.

I highly recommend watching the show about how Her True Story was developed, written and published. It's a well-written, well-produced behind-the-scenes view of the collaboration between Diana and Morton. Good stuff.

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The person first referred to in Britain as 'the People's Princess' was Queen Mary's mother, the Duchess of Teck. In spite of her size she was very vivacious, philanthropic and unostentatious, and the public absolutely loved her.

By coincidence KW Jackman's biography of this forgotten royal, titled 'Mary, the People's Princess,' was published in 1984 at the height of Di-mania. The book was reviewed in several magazines, newspapers etc and I wouldn't be surprised if it stuck in the minds of Morton and then Blair and others, and they borrowed the phrase for Diana. I can remember it being used long before Diana's death, so it may have been Morton who first resurrected it.
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