Oh, yes we DID.
In a lot of ways, it feels really strange to note that we’ve never really written much or said much about Princess Diana, except to reference her in passing or to make comparisons while discussing her daughters-in-law. She’s one of those big topics that seem perfect for us to pick apart and yet we never really have.
Spurred on by the upcoming season of The Crown, which will definitely set off a new round of Diana think pieces and shocking revelations from culture writers who weren’t old enough to remember the details when they first happened, we figured we’d weigh in a little on this gargantuan figure, now that newfound interest in her is on the verge of erupting. We’re not going to give you a biography, since there are plenty of places you can go for such things. Instead, we’re going to talk about the complicated and contradictory aspects of her personality; the reasons why her marriage to Prince Charles never should have happened and why she would have taken a long time to find happiness whether she married him or not; the ways in which news coverage of the day differed in a pre-internet era and how it allowed the myth of Diana to take hold. Oh, and the fashions, of course. How could we forget that? Helping us along on the latter topic was the new book by our pal Elizabeth Holmes:
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HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style is a fabulous little must-have for any royal fashion watcher.
But in the end, the question we really tried to tackle this week was the one surrounding Diana’s legacy. Is there a legacy? Nearly a quarter century after her death and 4 decades after her entry onto the world stage, has Diana and her life had a lasting effect on the monarchy? On the royal family? On the world? Listen in and find out!
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