Why Can’t People Leave Princess Diana Alone?
Twenty years after her untimely death, the obsession with her is still there. As it rounds onto the exact date, documentaries sprout up around, from BBC to the royal family to a documentary on her personal life and in her personal words.
All the documentaries hope to shed some light on Princess Diana’s life, but at what cost? Twenty years on, there is no new news. Conspiracy theories line the papers still, asking who truly killed the princess? Rumors fly back to the royal family, and people desperately bring up the week following the princess’ death. That week after the death and the few years before her death are thrown around so easily.
The same people speak every time, from royal biographers to her old butler. They spill her secrets and share the precious moments they had with her. The biographers seem to know so much about a princess from a monarchy that has always been tight-lipped. And they speak about the same moments that everyone else does, just the important ones that they think defined her, along with the moments where it she was picked on by the media or by the monarchy.
Princess Diana’s life was fascinating, and she touched many people with her kindness. Little girls wanted to be princesses, and it was her that showed the little girls they could. She did it remarkably, showing compassion and strength. Even in the darkest of times, she wore a smile.
Even to this day, when people speak about Princess Diana, they speak about her possession of beauty. Her soul was kind and her face was easy on the eyes. People speak about her smile and how it lit up a room. They speak about the dresses she wore, and how she danced with John Travolta. She wore the nicest jewelry, with a tiara on her head. She created style. All of this made her a real life princess, who could reached out and touched.
Many people, like my mother, grew up with eyes on Princess Diana. She followed her daily. And as the most photographed woman in the world, it wasn’t hard to follow Princess Diana. My mom got married a few years after Diana and based her dress on the princess’. My mom wasn’t the only one.
When the world came crashing down around Princess Diana in a public view, even though it had been burning for a while, suddenly everyone knew everything, from her side and Prince Charles’ side.
With a divorce, Princess Diana was on her own, and she was constantly followed by paparazzi without any protection. It wasn’t until after her death that an uproar came from the people who wanted photos, saying she deserved protection by the monarchy. Having been divorced, she was no longer part of the monarchy. Most times eyes would still be on the monarchy, the institution that has lasted longer than most, but in a rare few years, it was all about her.
Afterall, she was dubbed the People’s Princess. This name happened after her unexpected death, which had burrowed its way into people’s lives and the media had sensationalized. When Prime Minister Blair gave her this name, suddenly the people felt like she belonged to them. People lined her funeral route and cried heavily. They thought like they lost a friend, and in many ways, losing a celebrity every day is like losing a friend. Yet, it became too much for some. The monarchy certainly didn’t see it coming.
In truth, she didn’t belong to anyone. Princess Diana didn’t belong to the monarchy, who had seen the last of her in the divorce. The only moments the monarchy ever touched Diana was when she was with her children. Princess Diana didn’t belong to the Spencers, who claimed her after her death. Earl Spencer, her brother, hadn’t spoken to her in much time. Princess Diana didn’t belong to the people, as she was a free woman who just wanted to live her life.
People’s Princess also implies that it was the people who wanted the photos, which the paparazzi took knowing they would be sold. Her face was plastered on all newspapers and magazines. The editors knew their things would sell if her face appeared. It didn’t matter the reason why; paparazzi did their best to make her angry or cry, knowing those photos would go further. And people bought the newspapers and magazines, and so the paparazzi continued to take these photos.
Princess Diana helped many people through her incredible charity work and her beautiful personality. Her legacy will be remembered through her work and charities, as well through her sons, even though they have no ability to get away from it too.
With the public mourning for Princess Diana, her children had to do a very public funeral– to appease the public– and they never truly had the chance to mourn the loss of her. The monarchy does a lot for the public, and in this moment, when the Harry of twelve and William of fifteen needed a moment of peace, it never came. She was after all, the People’s Princess.
In her death, she’s the People’s Princess, and the people aren’t done with her yet. Any glimpse of her on the newspapers or on TV, suddenly the world has to turn in. And I, too, do it. How do you think I know so much about her, even though I was two months old when she died? There is a part of her that still feels alive, as she spoken about from the people around her, from the people who remember her, from the people who obsess over her.
When the documentaries stream, people will watch them. When her face appears on newspapers and magazines, claiming to know the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, they will be bought. She will be remembered as the People’s Princess; she will be remembered of how others want. When some peace might be warranted or wanted, it is something that she can’t get, even after death.