But the picture and story — which speculates Diana would have twice remarried, used Botox and been slightly jealous of her new daughterin-law, Kate Middleton — provoked mostly howls of disgust as copies of the magazine appeared on newsstands across North America the same week Prince William and his new bride begin an official visit to Canada and the United States.
“Shocking, brilliant or just plain cheap?” asked the Los Angeles Times.
News blog Mediaite.com called it “disrespectful on so many levels,” while The Atlantic Wire ran the headline “How Creepy is Princess Diana’s Ghost?” (Courtesy of Newsweek/Reuters)
A combo picture shows Britain’s Prince Charles kissing Diana, Princess of Wales during their wedding in London on July 29, 1981 and (up) Britain’s Prince William kissing his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011, in London. (AFP/Getty Images)
London celebrates as Will and Kate are married Cool, gray skies gave way to the soaring columns of Westminster Abbey’s gothic vault, as Prince William and Kate Middleton were joined in holy matrimony before 1,900 guests and a captive global audience ogling the interlude of romance
Look familiar? A combo image showing the 1981 wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles and an image showing Kate Middleton standing at the alter with her husband-to-be, Prince William. Photo credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images
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Even though the big day isn’t until Friday, one diehard fan has already claimed his wedding-watching spot. Clad in Union Jack patterned clothing and holding a flag bearing Will and Kate’s face, John Loughrey became the first person to set up camp to ensure he gets a good view of the Royal Wedding. As the Daily Mail reports, Mr. Loughrey, who calls himself a “super fan,” has camped out at Royal-related events in the past, including every single inquest into the death of Princess Diana.
Long live the monarchy Barbara Kay: In modern democracies we tend to forget that monarchies have been the norm since time immemorial, and the younger Republican nations are the exceptions. All tribalistic people striving to bond as distinct, purposeful entities yearn for an anointed figurehead (“Give Us a King!” 1 Samuel 8:1-22). After centuries, you cannot separate the ancestral dancers from the historical dance.
A billion people watched Charles and Diana marry, the overwhelming majority of them non-Britons. Now Kate Middleton will soon be the most talked-about woman in the world. According to a study by the Texas-based Global Language Monitor, when all Internet, social media, print and other citations are compiled, “Kate Middleton is set to eclipse Princess Di as the media star of the royal family.”