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Cynical profit from Diana’s death

It’s that time of year again. Another macabre anniversary will cast memories back to the mind-numbing day when Princess Diana died – August 31, 1997 – and a new crop of crackpots will crawl from under their stones.

They’ve already started. Not least among them is actress Naomi Watts, starring in a new film raking over an illicit romance the late Princess of Wales had with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan in the last two years of her life.

Ms Watts describes the film as a sensitive portrait of a woman in love. A tender biopic. Yeah, right.

She says she has fretted endlessly about whether Diana would have approved of such an intimate intrusion into her secret love affair. I think we already know the answer to that.

The movie, entitled Diana, is imagined – it has had to be. Khan, the soul of discretion, has barely spoken of the relationship at all. The dead princess can’t now speak for herself, so filmmakers have had to make it up as they go along. We can only surmise how much fun they had doing that.

Tasteful, eh? But the real eyebrow-raiser came from the troubled actress herself, who in promoting her new film of lookalike invention, has said she was given permission by the ghost of Princess Diana to proceed with the insensitive fictionalisation of a young woman’s very real, sad and tragic life.

The princess appeared in her dreams, she said and finally granted the approval Naomi Watts needed to carry on talking the pay cheque – in a recreated royal wardrobe of designer frocks.

A smiling, charitable, generous nod of granted favour from beyond the grave – who would believe it?

Not me. Every film requires promotion ahead of release, as we all know. But, as that dark 16th anniversary of Diana’s shocking death with partner Dodi Fayed in Paris approaches, does promoting for profit have to be so blatantly and nauseatingly cynical?

Pursuit of every last detail of intimacy in Diana’s private life, hastened her death. Surely even filmmakers and doe-eyed actresses can work out how much we should all have learned from that.

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The ultimate insult is that Naomi Watts looks more like Camilla than she does Diana. What happened on the 31st of August 1997 was no accident! Why can't these Jackals let Diana rest in peace?

Posted by Stemax1960 on 21 August 2013 at 20:57

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