‘Diana-mania’ spreads from UK as death anniversary looms

The 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death has filled magazines, newspapers and television screens in Britain for weeks, but not only there: across Europe, media groups are marking the occasion, underlining her international appeal. Britain’s celebrity press have offered special editions, supplements and reams of news articles picking over the impact of her tragic life and death as well as her relationships with her sons and Prince Charles. The popularity of Charles, the heir to the British throne, has plunged as a result of the renewed attention on his former wife and their apparently loveless marriage. In Europe, many media groups have commissioned documentaries, special reports or their own investigations two decades after her death in a Paris car crash on August 31, 1997. In Austria, public broadcaster ORF will screen several documentaries about the princess this week, including one entitled ‘Diana — Forever and Ever’, a retrospective of her life inside Buckingham Palace. “It shows a life inside a golden cage, imprisoned by traditions, and Diana’s repeated attempts to break out of this golden cage,” ORF’s royal expert Lisbeth Bischoff said. On August 31, the anniversary of her death, Radio Vienna will dedicate its entire programming to the princess, led by Austrian journalist and Diana fan Ewald Wurzinger who raised a monument to her in a Vienna park in 2013. chaussures louboutin In France, the public channel France 2 will offer a day of programming about her on Sunday which is to include several documentaries and an investigation. Matthias Gurtler, director of the celebrity weekly Gala, said the magazine had published a special edition on Diana in response to French interest in the British princess. Adidas Superstar Femme In Poland, women’s magazine Wysokie Obcasy put Diana on its front page this month. nike air max outlet “We’re taking the anniversary very seriously. Poles are still captivated by her,” said editor-in-chief Ewa Wieczorek. “Diana’s story is a modern-day fairy tale turned legend.” One of Bulgaria’s most popular newspapers, 24 Chasa, recently published five pages of stories and a large photo spread about the BBC’s new documentary on Lady Diana and her sons.