Princess Diana is having a remarkable career revival for a dead woman. She’s on the cover of Vanity Fair AND Naomi Watts is playing her in a film. From the aforementioned Vanity Fair issue is an interview with Lady Pamela Hicks, first cousin to Prince Philip, who has less-than-kind things to say about the adored royal.
She had enormous charisma, she was beautiful, she was very good at empathy with the general crowd … and she had no feeling at all for her husband or his family. Quite the reverse!
She was really spiteful, really unkind to him—and, my God, he’s a man who needs support and encouragement. [The marriage] absolutely destroyed him. He looked grey and ghost-like. Now of course he’s blossomed again.
She made everybody believe she’d been thrown to the wolves. Such nonsense! She was given the Queen’s favorite lady-in-waiting, Sue Hussey, to help her, to teach her. But she didn’t want to be told anything. ‘That’s boring, Sue,’ she’d say. Instead, she wanted to listen to her music and go disco-ing or to some jive concert.
She didn’t try. She had no need to try because she saw the people admired her, then they admired her more. She reckoned she was the star.
I laughed at the “go disco-ing or to some jive concert” bit. The woman is 84. Anyway, oh, poor Charles. Wah wah wah. Wasn’t Diana a little justified in “having no feeling” for her husband and family? Didn’t he invite now wife, then mistress, Camilla Parker-Bowles to his wedding to Diana?