Just as with those age-adjusted photos of missing children, Newsweek magazine inserted the image of Princess Diana into a photographic time machine and plopped her Botoxed face on its cover this week. The news magazine depicted Diana as a still striking, though slightly more mature, version of her youthful self, smiling tensely alongside her new daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton.
Aside from not letting sleeping princesses lie, Newsweek's chutzpah at reviving the beloved mother of princes William and Harry included speculating on what might have transpired in Diana's life had she lived. Among the preposterous predictions were that Diana would have a Facebook page and hankering for reality TV shows, such as "The Real Housewives of New York." Equally absurd is the possibility the former wife of Prince Charles would be chums with British ex-pats David and Victoria Beckham.
The article also suggests that Diana could be slightly jealous of her son's new wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, and take a while to adjust to sharing the limelight. Given Diana's paparazzi fatigue, one would think she would be pleased to pass that pesky baton on to the next generation.
Had Princess Diana lived, we'd like to think she would have chosen to age gracefully and resist the urge to surgically Photoshop her face. Though she was a fashion icon, Diana made it clear her reason for waking up in the morning was to help others, not preen in front of the mirror. "I want to walk into a room, be it a hospital for the dying or a hospital for the sick children, and feel that I am needed," she said. "I want to do, not just to be."
Nor do we think Diana would have become bosom buddies with ex-husband Charles and his affair partner Camilla as the article suggests. While she was alive, Diana said dolefully, "There were three of us in the marriage so it was a bit crowded" and painfully wondered, "What must it be like for a little boy to read that daddy never loved mummy?"
To Newsweek's credit, the magazine restrained itself from making even more outlandish predictions, such as Diana appearing in her own reality TV show a la Fergie or acting as surrogate mother for friend Elton John. Though many readers and media critics are put off by the tawdry treatment of the former princess, the mountain of publicity could be good medicine for a magazine that was only recently near death itself.
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