THE MEN WHO WOULD BE KING

WARMTH BECOMES AN ISSUE IN THE SUCCESSION AS DIANA'S DEATH MOVES EVEN THE IMPERTURBABLE WINDSORS, MAKING SORROW THE VISIBLE EQUAL OF STATELINESS

When the news of the storming of the Bastille reached Versailles, the hapless Louis XVI expressed the hope that this was a mere revolt. "No, sir," replied the Duc de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt, "it's a great revolution." For the sake of the House of Windsor, we must trust that those advising the royal family at this unhappy time will also be blunt. The national outpouring of affection and grief for the "people's princess" could be dismissed as a form of collective hysteria that will die away as surely as the echo of muffled funeral bells. No tumbrels loom for a monarchy that...

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