Princess Diana (1961-1997) had her problems with the British royal family, but she probably would not have approved of the royal withdrawal of her son, Prince Harry (37), and his wife, Duchess Meghan (41). At least that's what Diana biographer and royal expert Tina Brown (68) claims. On the 25th anniversary of Lady Di's death, she gives her assessment in the "Daily Beast" of how Diana would have reacted to the current events in the royal family.
Shortly before her tragic death, Princess Diana was "thrilled" about making documentaries to fund her humanitarian work, Brown says. "In a way, 25 years ago, this was a foreshadowing of Harry and Meghan's plan - with the big difference that Diana saw no profit in it. She did it as a charity project."
Lady Di would have been happy that Prince Harry turned his back on the royals, but not because "Harry was cut off from the family". Diana always wanted to protect her two sons. Referring to Harry's wife Meghan, Brown said: "She would have been very, very protective of Harry and I think she would be very concerned about the direction they were taking. I think she would have felt that Meghan was guiding Harry in a direction , which is not good for him. I don't think Diana would have been the big fan of Meghan, as Meghan herself might imagine." Still, she stresses that Diana would have been "thrilled" to see Harry happy with Meghan.
If Diana were still alive, she would have "billions of followers on Instagram," Brown is certain. Lady Di would have "taken full advantage of this" and her charitable foundation "would now be as big as Bill Gates'". The Princess would have kept Kensington Palace as her base. "Unlike Harry and Meghan, she understood that the power base of the monarchy is hugely important," Brown said.
On the night of August 31, 1997, the car in which Princess Diana was sitting with her then partner Dodi Al-Fayed (1955-1997) crashed into a pillar in the car tunnel under the Place de l'Alma in Paris at excessive speed. Al-Fayed and the driver Henri Paul died at the scene of the accident, Diana a few hours later from internal injuries.