Princess Diana will dine with newspaper and magazine editors to get their advice, a new book has revealed.
the former Vanity Fair Editor-in-chief Tina Brown details lunch with the princess as well as two other examples of similar lunches in her examination of Diana’s relationship with the media as part of her new title. The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor—The Truth and Turmoil,
Examples are given to illustrate Brown’s conviction that Diana was at the end of her life a swift, dark propaganda maneuver, not – as has been suggested since her death – a manipulative victim of press infiltration. .
Diana’s Lunch with Anna Wintour
published online by Vanity FairThe extract describes the lunch attended by Brown with the long American the trend Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, who happened to be with Diana just six weeks before she died.
Brown writes that she was “suppressed” by the confident princess, whose “huge, limp blue eyes”, “soft peach skin” and “super-model height” were all positioned to her best advantage in wooing editors.
“She told us a story of loneliness and hurt at the hands of Charles with an irresistible soulful intimacy that sucked us in,” Brown said.
“Then [Diana] switched to a startlingly sophisticated vision of how she planned to take advantage of her celebrity with a series of TV specials she cared about.”
Controversy over ‘Panorama’ legend
Brown refutes the now established narrative that Diana has an infamous 1995 BBC involvement panorama The interview – which was subject to a private investigation last year into journalist Martin Bashir’s use of fraudulent documents to gain access to the princess – was an example of her manipulation by the press. She writes:
“I no longer subscribe to the widespread narrative that Diana was a vulnerable victim of media manipulation, a mere puppet torn apart by malicious forces beyond her control.
“While highly sympathetic to the pain of my sons, I find it disrespectful to present the cunning, resourceful Diana as a woman of no agency, either a foolish, deceived child or a helpless casualty of malicious bullies.”
The later years of her life have surfaced about Diana’s various meetings with members of the press and publishing houses in an attempt to dispel rumors and control her public image.
Diana’s Lunch with Piers Morgan
Two examples cited by Brown include a private lunch hosted by Diana with Prince William at Kensington Palace in 1996, to which she had invited Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan, and Condé Nast’s UK boss Nicholas Coleridge in the same year. The princess also had lunch with him. ,
According to Morgan, quoted by Brown, the lunch he had with Diana and William was an occasion where he was allowed to ask “literally anything”.
The editor later wrote in her surprise diary how much Diana was willing to share with her son, who knew a great deal about his mother’s personal and love life. Teenage Prince Morgan wrote: “She is clearly in the loop of most of her bizarre world and, in particular, the various men who come into it from time to time.”
William’s comment that he had a picture of rugby star Will Carling’s wife on his dartboard at school prompted it. Carling was romantically linked to Diana in the press at lunchtime. Carling’s wife made a comment in the press putting at least some of the blame on the princess’s door.
Julia Carling is told by Brown to a reporter: “It happened [to Diana] First… you hope she doesn’t do it again, but apparently she does.”
Diana’s Lunch with Nicholas Coleridge
Diana’s concern and care for her public image is illustrated in another example, given by Brown at a luncheon with Coleridge at Vogue House, Condé Nast’s London headquarters.
Coleridge had “expected the princess to be cancelled” because a photo of her sunbathing while on vacation in Spain had been published by the Daily Mirror—Morgan’s newspaper—a day earlier.
Diana kept her engagement on the understanding that there would be no press. After a lunch hosted by Coleridge – during which he asked for her advice – he led her to his car and found a bank of paparazzi waiting for him. When he called a tabloid news desk to ask how word got out, he was told, “‘Diana calls herself from her car on the way to lunch. She often tells them where she will be.’ “
This, Brown writes, is an example of “classic, authentic Diana—difficult, tempting, playing a double game”.
During her married life, Diana attempted to engage with the press as a way of taking agency over the way she was represented, due to excessive headlines placed on her as a member of the royal family. did. In 1992 Princess collaborated privately with journalist Andrew Morton for the book. Diana: Her True Story and participated in the now infamous BBC in 1995 panorama Interview. The meetings between Diana and the editors, described in Brown’s new book, contributed to this broader effort.
When Princess Diana tragically died at the age of 36 in a Paris car accident in 1997, many reflected on her broken relationship with the media and blamed the press and paparazzi for contributing to the circumstances surrounding her death. attributed a portion.