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HONEYMOON READING for KATE… by Elizabeth Searle
I love a good Royal Wedding. Years ago I woke at 4AM and painted Kachina Dolls (my high school job) while raptly watching Prince Charles and– the undeniable unforgettable star of that long-ago show– ‘Lady Di’ take their festive and ill-fated vows.
As noted in my previous post (Is Kate Middleton the anti-Di?), compared to ‘Chuck and Di’, Kate and Wills seem to have– with their longtime courtship, relatively lowkey personas and media savvy– both feet on the ground.
My Wedding Wish for the pretty, smart and sensible Kate Middleton is that her own wedding scores much lower TV ratings than that of her groom’s all-too-famous ‘mum.’ And if Kate is seeking Honeymoon Reading, try Tina Brown. For a vivid analysis of how Diana’s love affair with the besotted public drained her and her marriage, Kate should brave Brown‘s brilliantly entertaining book, The Diana Chronicles. I was up till 2AM last weekend reading it.
The witty British-born Brown, new editor at Newsweek, is ideally suited to tell this tale as a former Tatler reporter with insider access to Diana during her reign. Brown gives Di her due as a true superstar whose unique and genuine connection to ‘her public’ thrilled and comforted countless fans– even as it stole Diana’s best energies and fatally addicted her to heady worldwide fame.
Diana’s personal pains and intriguing contradictions fueled our own addiction to her. Despite ominous reports of pre-wedding weight loss, Kate Middleton seems to be made of less luminous more sturdy and long-wearing material. Pre-wedding interest has been high but less than maniacal Di-level, which can only be good news for likable Kate’s marital prospects.
In Brown’s book, the most touching moment was her description of a shaken Charles at the Paris hospital after viewing Diana’s lifeless body, following her final media-frenzy crash. With the hospital surrounded by grieving fans, officials asked Charles if he wanted Diana’s body to be helicoptored away to the airport.
No, Charles replied firmly in blated recognition and respect for his ex-wife’s deep bond with the public. “There are people waiting out there who love her.”
Hopefully, for Kate, the main people who ‘love her’ were inside the church, close beside her, while the fans among us take in the show– then let the nice new Princess Bride go.
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