Article first published as The Media Is Still Chasing Diana on Technorati.
The latest issue of Newsweek has a computer generated image of Princess Diana at age 50. Next to her is Kate Middleton, the new bride of Diana’s son, Prince William. It has been met with disbelief and outrage. Personally it makes me think about the night she lost her life. No one knows definitively what caused the accident that killed her, but the fact remains she was being chased by the press and cameras. It now appears that nothing was learned from that tragic event.
Diana was a shy, nineteen year old when she was swept off her feet by a prince looking for a princess. A young woman who instantly captured the hearts of many. We all know what happened to the relationship, but the people loved her regardless of her marital problems. She was graceful, giving, and a loving mother. Whether they want to admit it or not, she changed the role and image of the monarchy like no one else before her.
The magazine ran the cover along with an article written by editor-in-chief Tina Brown. Ms. Brown writes a prediction of where Diana would be, and what she would be doing at age 50. This is highly disrespectful and reeks of sensationalism. The only objective by Newsweek and Ms. Brown is to sell copy and make money. It is not an exaggeration to compare this to what Princess Diana had to deal with during her lifetime. It is disgusting to think that it is happening to her in death.
I am not usually intrigued by fame or celebrity, but Diana used her platform to show the world what was important. She was a wonderful mother to her sons. She took up causes that helped the weakest among us. She used her life to help others and thus became loved by the people. As I watched the royal wedding, I realized that Kate Middleton will be under much of the same scrutiny. The difference is she is older, strong, well-educated, and is married to man who loves her. Prince William learned much from his mother and undoubtedly will carry on her legacy. That is something that can’t be captured by a camera, a magazine, or a book.