Roy­als failed Di­ana ‘de­cency test’ – au­thor

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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.

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