There's been a lot written lately, or rather re-written, about Princess Diana and her untimely demise. In case we had forgotten what happened, the twenty year anniversary of this event is upcoming at the end of the month and it seems to have been decided, probably by the press, that it is time for a re-visit. Often in the case of such an unexpected and public death initial press reactions offer some discretion. The grief is too new, there must some some semblance of respect.
After twenty years the gloves come off. Old theories and reports are dusted off and new ones are considered. Anyone who had the remotest connection gets a chance to have their moment of fame or at least a line in the British tabloid newspapers. At the very least, a tragic event like this serves to prod change. In the same way that a traffic death at a vehicle intersection leads to the installation of a traffic light or stop sign, the information and details that came out about Diana's life as a member of the Royal family have led to change for the next generation.
It must still be difficult to be someone famous, whether Royal or Hollywood A list star. Photographers clamour to take your picture and you have to be on guard against scratching your nose or yanking on your underwear in public. The Duchess of Cambridge must always have a smile ready and never look bored. You can keep track of her commitments here. Then there are the blogs and articles that observe and report on the clothes, the children, the activities, the jewellery . . . You would need to get used to always being watched and on display.
Are there still many young women who dream of being princesses?