Posts tagged with “diana”

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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COVER STORY, THE SPECTATOR, New Year edition 2007

“Perhaps Miss Middleton… will be our future queen.” I speculated in a Sunday Newspaper nearly three years ago. The editor was more cautious. “More likely, she will not” he made me add. I wish I’d stuck to my guns – and stuck on a bet too.

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DAILY TELEGRAPH, 6TH APRIL 2008

The inquest is almost over. About time too, you may say. Yet even as they heave a sigh of relief, those who thought the whole exercise a colossal waste of time and money may have felt an unexpected pang of loss as memories of a happy, hopeful young princess briefly returned.

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THE SPECTATOR 18th August 2007

“Oh God, not more Diana.”

We’ve all heard it this summer and Di-fatigue is unlikely to be reversed by the official programme of remembrance. The Wembley Concert was truly moving in parts, especially the video inserts which recalled Diana at her spontaneous, compassionate best. I’ll admit they reduced me to tears, and not just because here and there I caught glimpses in the background of a younger, slimmer, more idealistic me.

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