Ten years ago today Diana Princess of Wales died in a Paris tunnel, a drunk driver at the wheel of her Mercedes. But on this anniversary imagine if Diana had survived the accident (as she might well have done had it not taken almost two hours to get her to a hospital) and that she’s still alive.
She would be a well-preserved 46, with a new boyfriend and an apartment in Manhattan. Is she popular? Maybe. A legend? No way. By dying young, Diana ensured her immortality. Better dead than over the hill.
There were signs before the fatal accident that Diana’s life was spirallying down. She had been rejected by perhaps the only man she really loved, the Muslim heart surgeon, Hasnat Khan (he could no longer cope with her emotional demands), she was putting on weight and she was cavorting around the Mediterranean with another Muslim hanger-on, Dodi el Fayed. It is difficult to see how she would have continued to live up to her earlier press notices on her stellar work with Aids patients and the elimination of land mines.
Had she lived, what do you think Diana would be like today?
Do you remember where you were when you heard of Diana’s death? (I was watching late night TV when I heard the first bulletins).
Why do you think there was such an uncharacheristic outpouring of British emotion when she died?