A comic book depicting the life of Princess Diana has been branded 'disgusting' for its cruel content - showing the tunnel where she died and her sons grieving at her funeral.
Aimed at children, the comic tells of the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles, with graphic illustrations of her misery. Titled Female Force: Princess Diana documents some of the most painful moments in Diana's life including her parents' divorce and even a reference to her mother's extra-marital affair.
"It's disgusting. Their feeble excuse is that they wanted to show the young people of America her life. They could have done it with lovely stories. They didn't need to stoop to this," The Daily Express quoted Margaret Funnell, co-founder of the Diana Circle UK, a group dedicated to the Princess's memory, as saying.
"I find it quite cruel them showing the funeral. Had she lived until she was 85 and had a lovely life, that would be different. This girl lost her life in her prime. Comic means something to laugh at. I don't find it at all comical and I wish they hadn't done it. Anyone with half a brain who had a love for Diana will hate it," she added.
The 22-page book, published by Canada-based Bluewater Comics, illustrates events including Diana's engagement to Prince Charles and their lavish wedding in 1981.
It also shows the last days of her life when she went on holiday with Dodi Fayed and the Paris tunnel where they died in a car crash in 1997.
The bikini-clad Princess is pictured sunbathing with a text that said: "Just when her post-Charles life was coming together for her with her new beau Dodi Fayed, they were tragically killed."
A sequence showing Diana's funeral has the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, Princes William and Harry and Earl Spencer lining up behind her coffin.
Darren Davis, president and editor-in-chief of Bluewater Comics said: "This series is about female empowerment, about women who have made a difference in the world. We cannot show Diana without showing the struggles and tribulations. It is not insulting at all. I would never show anything disrespectful," he added.
Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace said it had no comment to make on the comic and its contents.