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The Diana moment: a change for the better?

Did Diana's death make Britain a more emotionally healthy country? Or was it just the first example of the trend to turn private grief into public spectacle?

By Andrew Marr   August 2007

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Dear Joan

6th July 2007

On one thing, I’m sure, we can both agree: the days from Diana’s death to her funeral were slow-motion surreal and unforgettable. As a newspaper editor then, struggling to understand the mildly mutinous, tearful crowds lapping around the streets of London, I became increasingly irked by what I took to be un-British, almost Mediterranean sentimentality. Perhaps the oddest moment was when a normally level-headed reporter came back to say that an image of the dead princess was…

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