Diana, Princess of Wales

August 31, 2007 at 10:46 am 10 comments

This, the 10-year anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death, was almost ruined for me this morning. With heavy packages, toddler and purse in hand going into the post office, I was accosted by two women demanding that I join them in their fight to impeach Cheney. As a card carrying member of the RNC, what did they expect me to do? Stop and commiserate with them? Today was a day to celebrate the legacy of dearly departed Diana, not jump in the deep end with the fringe of the LaRouche PAC. (The DNC, by the way, has been very clear in distancing themselves from old Lyndon L., claiming he is NOT a Democrat).

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But back to topics worthy of our attention: The People’s Princess. Di led the golden era of celebrity coverage, the likes which may not happen again in this century. Is there any other celebrity in whom we are as invested and take seriously right now? In elementary school, she was on the cover of practically every issue of People. Leaks to the press about anything-Diana/Charles/Camilla-related were devoured and given above-the-fold coverage everywhere.

Her style was unparalleled and she could get away with fabulous frocks and sweeping hats because she was royalty and no one in the United States could pull it off. She was an imperfect creature like the rest of us that gave a satisfying peek into the foibles and follies of the House of Windsor. She humanized what was before a sterile, public role, and she gained the perpetual support of the British, even as it came out that she was no saint and far made up for for Charles’ extra-marital transgression with her own affairs. Great Britain could have cared less, because they had committed so early on to Team Diana. (And isn’t it nice that she didn’t live to see the trite way the public now embraces celebrity feuds with apparel, like Heidi’s “I Got Tricked” shirt, or the conception of the “Team ______” started with Angelina and Jennifer, fueled by Paris and Nicole, and showing no signs of stopping).

After touring Buckingham Palace two years ago, it was telling that amid the swarms of eager shoppers, the Charles and Camilla commemorative tea set and china in the gift shop tent went shunned. People avoided that corner like it was an admission of liking Hitler meanwhile scooping up silly merchandise like teddy bears dressed as the Queen’s Guards. People bought Diana’s tortured, woe-is-me tale of her days in the royal residences, and will not accept other sides of the story.  At every street corner, life-size facial postcards of Diana are for sale which surely outsell all the other present royals combined.

Diana was fun to follow and let’s just hope Kate Middleton can usher in a fresh era of flawed, fashionable and fearless royalty.

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  • 1. lemare  |  August 31, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    I saw this in my Sunday paper and was beside myself trying to figure out what kind of person would display this on their mantle.

    http://www.collectiblestoday.com/ct/product/prdid-901472001.jsp?_/_prod/_16/_/_/_1030&endeca=true&abbr=hm&FP3

    Horrifying.

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  • 2. JL  |  August 31, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    $29.95. Are they kidding?

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  • 3. Lowdogg  |  August 31, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    A creepy kind of caricature.

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  • 4. lemare  |  August 31, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    what would you do if you went to someone’s house and that was the centerpiece on the table?

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  • 5. Joey  |  August 31, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    I assme the Missus and I would be eating at your place much more often, LeMare.

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  • 6. lemare  |  August 31, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Each place setting will have it’s own Diana Figurine holding the place card.

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  • 7. Massimo  |  September 1, 2007 at 8:58 am

    LeMare, aren’t you the least bit worried that such a figurine would come to life in the middle of the night, make its way to your bedroom, and inject you with a fatal compound?

    Doesn’t anyone here read Lyndon LaRouche? Anyone? ANYONE?

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  • 8. lemare  |  September 1, 2007 at 9:41 am

    LaRouche? Is this because it’s LABOR Day weekend?

    IRF’s think tank of choice is the Heritage Foundation, not the Schiller Institute…

    Though I do appreciate blatant crazies (when their political ideas differ with mine).

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  • 9. Joey  |  September 5, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    The LaRouche crazies were at the Jewel supermarket in my neighborhood last weekend, with a card table and an impeachment petition (I saw them at the City Hall the other day, too, and they told me to “Remove your sunglasses! You won’t need them when Cheney gets his way.” I’m still trying desperately to figure out what he meant, checking my sunglasses at least hourly for fatal compounds that may’ve been placed there in gel form by some representative of the Queen of England or the House of Rothschild).

    Two observations about the LaRouche crazies:
    1) They dress like they think it might be the ward Pioneer Day celebration. And,

    2) Most of the people signing the petition were people we’re almost certainly Democrats. If the LaRouche people ever make their petition public, which at some point they must if it is to be effective, I’ll bet the names on it will highly correlate with registered Democrats, the DNC’s protestations notwithstanding.

    For what it’s worth.

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  • 10. Joey  |  September 5, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Upon reading my comment above, I realized it was completely incoherent. My apologies for sullying your fine blog with my carelessness, LeMare and Co.

    Reply

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