In the June issue, five writers celebrate Diana’s many legacies and imagine who she would have been now and what she would have achieved.
Tina Brown writes, ‘Who would Diana have been at 60? I think she would have achieved it all. She was an obsessive communicator – her Instagram account’s numbers would have rivalled the Pope’s. The world has moved decisively in her direction since she died. Everything she said then about the Royal Family’s need to modernise is being reinforced post-Meghan. Everything she felt about the need to promote more empathy and responsiveness is a defining social value today.’
Emma Elwick-Bates reports on the fashion legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales: ‘In what would have been her 60th year, Diana’s style legacy remains colossal, inspiring ingénues; the Starbucks-and-gym trinity in their cycling shorts and oversize sweatshirts; legions of fashion designers; and, of course, the rest of us. She was our princess, and all around us, her fashion hits are on repeat.’
Omid Scobie says that, ‘While Harry and William have lived more of their lives without their mother than with her, the influence of their upbringing by Diana is still evident in both today. She always encouraged those around her sons – be it palace staff or family members – to allow their unique attributes to shine.’
Vivienne Parry talks about Diana’s dedication to charitable work and where she could have been today: ‘It’s interesting to speculate what Diana would have been doing at 60. She could have become a globe-trotting celebrity à la Elizabeth Taylor. But I think she was about to become a significant global presence. I think she would have ended the use of landmines. She would be involved in mental-health causes. She would be a contented grandmother. And, above all, just as her own mother did for her, she would be telling her grandchildren that with privilege comes responsibility. ’
Finally, Wesley Kerr assesses the social impact of Diana and her mesmerising effect on a younger generation: ‘Close friends of the late princess say it’s hard to overstate her personal charisma and charm and its very powerful impact on those who encountered her… Her legend has overshadowed the very real, very warm person born 60 years ago who we remember and mourn this summer.’
Elsewhere in the issue, Sacha Forbes meets popstar Mollie King and her cricketer fiancé Stuart Broad at home, where they discuss their New Year’s Day engagement, plans for their wedding this summer and being at the top of their careers.
Then there’s novelist Charlotte Philby writing about her grandfather – the most infamous British double agent in history, Kim Philby – and what it’s like being related to the so-called ‘Third Man’.
And finally, with the nation hailing the joyous return of that most British of institutions, the pub, Tatler brings you its guide to where the smart set are eating and drinking al fresco right now.
The June issue is on newsstands Thursday 29 April.
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