Royals failed Diana ‘decency test’ – author
LONDON: As the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, approaches, her former private secretary, Patrick Jephson, has decided the time is right to berate the royal family for a failure to treat her with the humanity and respect she deserved.
In a new US edition of his book Shadows Of A Princess, published today, Jephson writes: “Remembering Diana… can be summed up in one word – a word traditionally synonymous with the British Crown, exemplified by Elizabeth II’s lifetime of service.
“The word is decency. Yet in some corners of the royal establishment, two decades of spin doctors and a naive fondness for the slippery arts of news management have put the word and the idea at risk…
“Diana alive was a decency test for the Windsors, which some of them failed.”
The former Royal Navy officer, who served as private secretary for eight years, refrains from naming which Windsors. However, his new introduction to his book turns the spotlight in an unmistakable direction.
“With his coronation plans already the subject of unfriendly speculation, especially on the divisive issue of Queen Camilla, Elizabeth’s successor faces an acceptability hurdle that some courtiers may be slow to recognise. A little perspective from recent history might guide them.”
Jephson, a naturalised US citizen, rams home the point, arguing that Diana, feeling “ill-prepared and untrained”, believed she had been “left to sink or swim”.
Charles’s “energy, time and attention were devoted to the older, more experienced wife of a former courtier who, like many of their secretive social circle, seemed impervious to the vulnerable princess’s anguish.” – Daily Mail
SINK OR SWIM: Diana, Princess of Wales.