Diana defies death, continues to colour headlines
More than six years after her tragic death, Princess Diana continues to provide the curious, the bored and the truly knackered a key-hole view to the trials and tribulations of life with the Firm, as she called the British royal household.india Updated: Dec 27, 2003 23:13 IST
Revelations, albeit unbelievable, like the French doctor claiming that Lady Di was pregnant at the time of her death, continue to pour in with an inquest into Diana's death beginning from January 6.
The latest resurrection job was done by her butler, thereby giving a princely fillip to the term: the butler did it. Playing Jeeves to the late princess's Wooster, Paul Burrell came out with the latest in the line of royal tittle-tattles: A Royal Duty. Mr Burrell's publishers in the US sanctioned a million copies for print, which have reportedly fetched the writer more than $500,000.
While the Windsors were not amused about the prospect of one of their employees making money by selling the family silver, what is more upsetting especially for Diana's two children is that Mr Burrell is said to be in the possession of what the gutter press in Britain relishes in calling the 'rape tape'.
The news of a former servant stating that a royal aide had 'raped him' is well-known. What the royal family is perturbed about is the possible revelation by the same gentleman that a member of the royal family was involved in an 'incident' with a 'palace servant'. All this is likely to be discussed between the Princes William and Harry and the tell-it-all Mr Burrell in January.
All this is a bit of a pity really. The Prince of Wales' nine-day visit to India starting took on an unexpected colour with Princess Diana's ghost and Mr Burrell's ghouls making a noisy racket in the background.
First Published: Dec 26, 2003 21:41 IST