Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Royal Report for Sunday June 29th, 2008: Is Diana the last of the great princesses?

Since Diana died in 1997 there has been a void in the world of royalty - that of a great princess. Many accomplished women have married into the royal family but none seem likely to make the same impact that Diana did. Is Diana the last of the great princesses? Has she set the bar too high for other royal brides?

You can listen to the podcast here.

Tune in live to the next Royal Report on Sunday July 6th, 2008 9:00PM EST (North America).

The topic will be: A recent report revealed that the British monarchy costs taxpayers 66 pence per year (or about $1.79 CDN). Less than the cost of an iPOD download or a cup of Starbucks coffee. Are they worth it? Would you sacrifice a cup of coffee to pay for them? What gives better value, a Starbucks coffee or the British Monarchy?

© Marilyn Braun 2008

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I do not think she is the last of the great princesses but the last of her kind. All of the princesses that have come after her have benefited in some regards to how she humanized the royal family but there is also some drawbacks because a lot of the mystic is gone too. She made it okay for the prince to marry the regular girl. The princesses that have come after have the "common" connection between them but in reality the Queen mother was the first high profile commoner to marry into that world- in this century. The British media is trying to make prince William's girlfriend into a star but whoever he ends up with will have to create her own persona. She cannot let the media do it for her. The Duchess of Cornwall has done well in portraying an image of graceful aging and it is sometimes hard to match her with the woman so many reviled during and following Diana's death.

I personally think that the "modern" princess can learn something from the royal women of the last century and turn of the century. These women were truly great. We look at them and they carry the power, history, duty of their status with grace. They rarely seemed uncomfortable. They were always impeccably dressed and had the right balance between familiarity and privacy with their subjects. There was no confusing royalty with celebrity. They simply embodied what they were... Royal.