Letter: The Diana myth

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The Independent Culture
Sir: It is amazing that people who did not even know Diana, Princess of Wales, continue to mourn her. It is true that Diana left behind two sons, but people with children die every day, without ever experiencing a meal at the Ritz in Paris, and their children are left without the benefit of an estate of millions.

She lived the life of a privileged aristocrat, who used charitable activities as a public relations exercise to justify a luxurious lifestyle. The fact that working Britons perceived Diana as having a "common touch" and uncritically supported her endless vacations, extravagant wardrobe and worldwide shopping expeditions, indicates just how successful the public relations exercise was.


Toronto, Ontario, Canada