Registered On: April 2, 2014
I was thinking about this question of Diana worship, NI. It is strange, but in her case there was so much public grief possibly because of:
a) Familiarity. Many felt they knew her, because of the sheer volume of coverage which she’d had in the media.
b) Fondness. She had reams of positive publicity and the public had grown to like her. She wasn’t seen as stuffy or aloof, she’d also had a difficult upbringing, then blossomed to become a glam, trend-setting royal. “Isn’t she lovely!’ they cried.
c) Survival. Despite the treatment from Charles and family, she came thro’ it. She was seen as a good mother and still did charity work, etc. Many women felt sorry for her and could look on her story and think ‘She’s like me, that’s me, I’ve had it rough but survived, etc. etc. This applied to gay men too, with whom she was also popular(!).
d) The zeitgeist. From the early 80s there was an appetite for tradition, royalty, ‘sloanes’ and so on, which her image fed and made more available / accessible to the general public. Remember all that fashion for aspirational country living, Laura Ashley, Brideshead, etc.
e) Tragedy – a sudden and cruel ending in a high-speed car crash in Paris. The stuff of films.
Sadly, those suffering in wars famine etc. are reduced to just one of many news bulletins. They are miles away in countries about which we know nothing, and there’s so many of them, that people get compassion fatigue. The public feel helpless, bored even, and tend to detune.
Er, that’s it.