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The chorus of disapproving voices declaiming The Crown's approach to royal storytelling are angling for the biographers' holy grail and seeking to protect their own lucrative market share.
In this new season of The Crown, Queen Elizabeth has two rivals for centre stage: Margaret Thatcher, played dazzlingly well by Gillian Anderson, and Diana Spencer.
Princess Diana's bad experience with a 'tell-all' book in 1992 should have been a cautionary tale for her son.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the annual WellChild Awards in London in October 2019.
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If we're ever to move past outmoded values of gender, race and class, we need to wish Prince Harry and Meghan Markle well — and challenge those who would prefer everything remains the same.
A tour guide holds up a flag with the faces of Britain’s Prince Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle.
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Royal weddings have shaped how Americans imagine their own dream weddings. Unfortunately, they don't come cheap – which might explain why fewer and fewer are tying the knot.
Edmund Dulac’s 1910 illustration of Sleeping Beauty.
Fairy tales can be brutal, violent, sexual and laden with taboo. But they are are excellent narratives with which to think through a range of human experiences: from disappointment, and fear to envy and grief.
The princess of Wales is pictured in Bonn, Germany in 1987.
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To succumb to conspiracy is to be human.
For the British press, the car crash that killed the Diana rewrote the rules on reporting celebrity deaths.
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In August 1997, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales was followed by a huge outpouring of grief. Here's why.
In Western society, endless reiteration of grief in speech is not generally acceptable. Songs can allow this to happen.
From spontaneous mass singing after a terror attack to Irish laments, music reflects the painful, complex and laborious task of mourning.
A snapshot of a famous life.
Documentary makers, museum curators, PR teams and the royal family all want their say on the 20th anniversary of her death.
A controversial book about Nelson Mandela’s last years has been withdrawn.
The contentious book documenting Nelson Mandela’s last days that was pulled of the shelves left many unanswered questions. Judgement must be suspended until it's content is made public.
The Queen Mother, Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Harry ride in their carriage from Buckingham Palace in 1992.
In the 20 years since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the monarchy has been remade largely in her own image.
The British monarchy is in good shape. Here's how to make sure it stays that way.
January seems to be characterised by deluge of public mourning. But why do we do it?
South African fans got into the World Cup spirit in more ways than one.
More male babies were born in South Africa nine months after the country hosted the 2010 World Cup. There's science behind it.