We all know Princess Diana had a complicated relationship with the press – especially the tabloids. The media were notoriously harsh on her, reporting every aspect of her life in great detail (and often unfair) and releasing often scathing reports that encroached on the privacy of her life, even after she left the royal family. .
At her funeral, her brother Charles Spencer revealed how Diana “kept talking about” leaving Britain “because of the treatment she received from the newspapers.”
He said: “I don’t think she ever understood why her sincere good intentions were looked down upon by the media, why there seemed to be an ongoing quest on their part to bring her down. It’s confusing. “
In the months leading up to her death, she appeared almost daily in the tabloids and broadsheet newspapers, especially regarding her relationship with Dodi Fayed. However, despite her stance towards these particular newspapers, Diana was also said to have been an avid reader.
As journalist Mark Honingsbaum wrote in The spectator in 1997: “The princess, like ‘the people’ who adored her, was addicted to tabloid newspapers. A friend of hers told me that every morning at breakfast at Kensington Palace she reads The sun, The Daily Mirror, The daily mail, and The Express, but not necessarily in that order.
He added that after reading the tabloids, Princess Diana would then tackle “the more important and often much less informative criticisms of her broadsheet activities,” referring to newspapers like The temperature, The daily telegraph, and The Financial Times.
Although she read the newspapers a lot, she did so “out of necessity, not out of love,” Honingsbaum noted, in order to know exactly what was being reported about her each day. The reporter spoke to a man who met Diana at a party and saw her ogle a stack of newspapers. After the guest collected the papers for her, Diana went through them and commented, “It’s not a bad day for me,” which probably means there weren’t a lot of fuss to do. about that day or that they weren’t as unflattering as before.
British public relations consultant and royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams previously told USA Today that “Diana’s relationship with the press was famous and fatally symbiotic”, especially after her death. Newspapers sold thousands of additional copies and special editions after his fateful car crash, Royals biographer Katie Nicholls calling it “a roaring trade”.
To this day, the public and media remain obsessed with Princess Diana and her life both inside and outside the royal family. She continues to be nicknamed the People’s Princess, and her short life has inspired many biopics, books, TV shows, and even a musical.
The crown recently introduced Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, and Elizabeth Debicki will reprise the character when season five airs at the end of 2022. The How will even dedicate an entire episode to the Princess’s groundbreaking interview with Martin Bashir from the BBC, it has been revealed.