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Princess Diana's death - the social impact : Comments

By Mal Fletcher, published 1/9/2017

Twenty years ago today, Britain and the world lost one of the seminal figures - at least in terms of public affection - of the millennial era.

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Theatrical farce, in which a female human being, not too different from any other normal hetrosexual (6 degrees of difference) female human being became the tragic heroine of legend!

She died because there was a drunk at the wheel and they didn't have seat belts! And because of a gutter trash paparazzi, who just couldn't get enough royal exposure pics and man made scandal, for the their scandal rags!

Thank heavens their advertising revenue is drying up along with the vituperative interest of folks, who don't have a life of their own?

And with that lack of interest, maybe we just might get to focus on real tragedies and by the millions; and issues that matter more to ordinary folk!

That said, she was a lovely lady and a fair dinkum caring empathetic human being, who made the world a better place with her advocacy! And that and that alone was why I loved her!

Would that we could say that of all the royals, acting out various parts in this theatrical absurdity, called of all things, royalty!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Friday, 1 September 2017 11:14:45 AM
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"royalty". royal, from Latin regalis from rex "king," from PIE root *reg- "move in a straight line," "to direct in a straight line," thus "to lead, rule."

Somebody has to -

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Posted by nicknamenick, Friday, 1 September 2017 1:06:40 PM
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I still remember the young princes walking behind
the car that carried their mother's coffin.
It's something that has stayed with me all these
years.

Princess Diana made a huge impact on the people
she met, especially the most vulnerable. She did
not wear gloves when shaking the hands of people.
She sat on hospital beds, she talked to people
eye to eye and face to face, hugging and touching
them. She shook hands with aids victims, with lepers,
The elderly.
And the people reacted to her. She made sure that
her children knew that they were loved.

That is why even today, twenty years later - people
still remember her with love, and miss her greatly.
Posted by Foxy, Friday, 1 September 2017 1:36:11 PM
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I served at the function in Sydney for Princess Di exactly a year before she died. Usually with celebrities you are surprised at how short/small they are in person. Princess Di wasn't. Her charisma flooded the room. Terribly sad how she died.
Posted by HereNow, Friday, 1 September 2017 4:30:57 PM
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Alan,

"She died because there was a drunk at the wheel and they didn't have seat belts! And because of a gutter trash paparazzi, who just couldn't get enough royal exposure pics and man made scandal, for the their scandal rags!"

True enough, but they also died because there was no crash rail along the pillars in the tunnel, and so what would have been some lucrative work for a panel beater became, for many, a tragedy.

Foxy,

She was an ordinary woman well out of her depth and she is remembered and venerated by the media because there is money in it.
Posted by Is Mise, Saturday, 2 September 2017 11:43:26 AM
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HRH did good work for sick people . For several hours. Nurses do that sort of stuff at a lesser income level.
"As part of the divorce in July 1996, Diana reportedly received a lump sum of £17.5 million and an allowance for her private office".
Posted by nicknamenick, Saturday, 2 September 2017 6:04:55 PM
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