The much beloved (and sometimes vilified) Princess Diana would have turned 50 on Friday, so Newsweek decided to honor her with a computer generated cover image of the late princess walking alongside Kate Middleton and followed by a security detail. What’s creepy about that?
The cover is accompanied by a 1200 word article written by Tina Brown speculating (somewhat confidently) on what Diana’s life would be like in the present day. In a photo next to the online version, Diana is holding an iPhone 4. That’s a nice touch.
Here’s how Brown thinks Diana would have reacted to her eldest son’s new wife.
And Kate, the newly minted Duchess of Cambridge? How would Diana have handled her son’s steadfast affection for a woman other than herself? The rising public adoration of Kate would have afforded Diana some tricky moments. Pleased, yes. But, like Frances Shand Kydd—who, days before Diana’s wedding, suddenly burst out, “I have good long legs, like my daughter”—Diana would have had to adjust to a broadening of the limelight. Her edge over Kate, of course, was her own epic of princessly suffering, which would always make Diana’s story more interesting. (“Happily ever after” will never have the same allure to the press as “It all went horribly wrong.”) Diana, rejoicing in her flawless Spencer pedigree, would have positioned herself as a firm defender of the Middletons against the palace snobs and ostentatiously made Carole Middleton, Kate’s dynamic mother, her new BFF.
We find the fact that Brown’s vision of Diana involves her in a publicity competition with her daughter in law almost more tasteless than the cover itself. But what do you think?
Diana at 50 [Newsweek]