Under the Black Flag

Long Live the Queen!

Tempus Fugit.  A recent ABC program on the death of Princess Diana reminded me that 20 years have gone by in a jiffy.  She died August 31, 1997, following a car crash in the underpass of Place de l’Alma, and sent a nation, and the world, into mourning.

Mind you, Princess Di is no longer talked about in chic London drawing rooms the way she once was, but that is only natural.  Her children are grown up, her ex has remarried, and her in-laws are in their 90’s.  She is no longer a threat to the monarchy, although once her ex becomes king, his meddling, I predict, will get him into hot water sooner rather than later.

The ABC program reminded me of that old axiom that people who don’t know speak, and those who do know remain silent.  Tina Brown, who needs no introduction, featured prominently, talking about Di’s inner feelings about her Pakistani doctor lover as if Brown had been present during their trysts.  Tina is an able journalist who knows how to make a story interesting, and she did a credible job, except for one fact.  She only met Diana once in her life, at a luncheon for British women living and working in New York.  Another woman offering nonstop opinions on the program was one who goes under the name of Lady Colin Campbell.  She’s a woman of a certain age born somewhere in the Caribbean who married a drunken English lord who ran away...

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