Why the Royals Miss Diana

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The Princess knew how to appease the media; the others still don?t

If you're going to sup with the devil, it helps to have more than a long spoon. You should also take a minute to figure out what the old beast wants to eat. It might be you. That is a lesson the British royal family has never learned. For more than a quarter of a century, the royals have been complicit in a bizarre, co-dependent relationship with British media and pop culture.

In return for making themselves more accessible to the public gaze, the royals hoped that their claim to deference would be extended for generations to...

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