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Prince Harry and the toxic gloss of celebrity

Prince Harry’s ability to attract scandalous headlines reveals a monarchy in thrall to a very modern PR machine

So that’s all right, then. Prince Harry is either a gallant young officer letting off a bit of well-earned steam or he’s the ultimate party animal doing what any red-blooded bloke would surely do given half a chance (and a Duchy of Cornwall credit card). Or perhaps he’s a bit of both.

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DIANA MEMORIAL FUND/ROYAL CHARITY/KATE

On the day that Princess Diana died, after a morning of numb disbelief and phone calls, it was a relief to go grocery shopping. When I reached the checkout line I was surprised to see at every till a yellow bucket into which shoppers were tossing loose change.

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Diana At 50

With the approach of what would have been Princess Diana’s 50th birthday we can expect a flurry of those “what if she had lived” articles. Entertaining perhaps, but hardly useful. The first Mrs Wales might by now be solving conflicts, banishing poverty, feeding the world’s hungry or even breeding spaniels in happy rural obscurity. Alas, we will never know.

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DAILY TELEGRAPH – 28th May 2011

The Kenyan cook’s grandson and the king-emperor’s grand-daughter looked very happy together. In fact, along with their spouses, they created an object lesson in how any disparity – in race, age or background – can be turned to advantage in a common cause. And when, as in this case, the cause in question is nothing less than “to reaffirm one of the oldest, one of the strongest alliances the world has ever known” then we can be reassured that all the week’s ceremonial effort has had some tangible benefit.

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DAILY TELEGRAPH-7 MAY 2011

A week has passed in the new royal era. Prince William is back at his airbase. Kate is in the supermarket. The Queen is at Windsor Castle. The media circus has packed its satellite dishes and left town. The bunting has been recycled. Like a cartwheeling verger, we’ve watched the world turn upside down and then revolve right-way up again. Everything looks as it did before. But everything has changed.

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