And to no surprise. When history repeats itself, there is a universal message – and those “bare” ones get it. As the Daily News reports on August 28, 2012, “Thousands have posted pictures to a Facebook group posing nude and often in military gear in a campaign dubbed ‘Support Prince Harry with a naked salute.’”
For those who prefer to look at someone naked rather than being naked, it might be helpful to hear that universal message:
The History of Dates
August 1997: Princess Diana is on vacation in the French and Italian Riviera for 9 days.
August 2012: Prince Harry is on vacation in Las Vegas, USA.
August 1997: Private vacation pictures of Princess Diana are frequently published worldwide and in Britain.
August 2012: Private vacation pictures of Prince Harry are published worldwide and in Britain.
August 28, 1996: Princess Diana’s divorce becomes final.
August 2012: Prince Harry can expect separation from a few weeks’ worth of military pay.(Prince Harry in hot water with army chiefs after Vegas)
August 31, 1997: Princess Diana fights for her life after her car crash in Paris, France.
August 2012: Prince Harry faces a reprimand in his military career as an Apache helicopter pilot (Captain Harry Wales).
“While many in the Army believe that the Prince’s Las Vegas antics amount to little more than a ‘storm in a teacup’, other officers have told The Sunday Telegraph that his behaviour is not what is expected from a Captain hoping to be deployed on operations in Afghanistan. His behaviour may impact on his future career and next posting” (The Telegraph)
August 29, 2012: The Queen of England (Prince Harry’s grandmother) will open the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Prince Harry will also attend the opening. (The Royal Diary – Future Engagements)
August 27, 2012: The Telegraph reports in their article Prince Harry resumes ‘business as usual’ as he attends Paralympics events:
“Prince Harry will return to ‘business as usual’ this week as he attempts to shake off the furore about the naked pictures taken of him in Las Vegas by resuming his Royal duties at the Paralympic Games.”
For Princess Diana’s son, – a much better alternative than his experience 15 years ago:
September 5, 1997: The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, (Prince Harry’s grandmother) makes a public broadcast following the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales. (The official website of The British Monarchy)
September 6, 1997: Prince Harry, (at the age of 12) and Prince William (at the age of 15) walk through the streets of London behind their mother’s coffin.
Princess Diana’s funeral was watched by over 2 billion people worldwide. While the world participated in the tribute paid to her by Elton John and other international celebrities, it was the silence, the sadness, and the suffering of the two boys that were walking behind their mother’s coffin that is the most unforgettable image of that day.
Video: The British Broadcasting Corporation provided live coverage of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales
The History of Words
The silence of Princess Diana’s sons Prince Harry and Prince William after their mother’s death is a recurring theme in the life of Prince Harry.
September 5, 1997: Even though Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997, there were no official words by Queen Elizabeth II until September 5, 1997. In royal circles that length of time has its own message and reflects the controversy that Princess Diana had with the royal family.
“I like to be a free spirit. Some don’t like that, but that’s the way I am.” (Women’s History)
August 27, 2012: The Ministry of Defence has refused to comment on the Prince’s behaviour and whether it breaches the Army’s code of conduct.” (The Telegraph)
Princess Diana’s birth name was Diana Frances Spencer (born 1 July 1961). She was also known as Lady Diana Frances Spencer, Lady Diana, or Lady Di. Her proper title after her marriage to Prince Charles, the future king of England after Elizabeth II was Diana, Princess of Wales.
August 2012: The official website of The British Monarchy summarizes Princess Diana’s life in 150 words.
“The late Diana, Princess of Wales was born Lady Diana Frances Spencer on 1 July 1961 in Norfolk. Lady Diana Spencer married The Prince of Wales at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on 29 July 1981. During her marriage the Princess undertook a wide range of royal duties. Family was very important to the Princess, who had two sons: Prince William and Prince Henry (Harry). After her divorce from The Prince of Wales, the Princess continued to be regarded as a member of the Royal Family. Diana, Princess of Wales died on Sunday, 31 August 1997 following a car crash in Paris. There was widespread public mourning at the death of this popular figure, culminating with her funeral at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6 September 1997. Even after her death, the Princess’s work lives on in the form of commemorative charities and projects set up to help those in need.”
August 2012: The description of Prince Harry (Henry Charles Albert David) by the Monarchy’s website includes several pages and a video from February 2008 about Prince Harry’s time in Afghanistan.
August 2012: As the future King of England after his father Prince Charles, Prince William’s website coverage by The British Monarchy reflects his future role as a leader of a country.
“Although Prince William is currently focusing on his military career he wants to show his support for organisations that reflect issues he cares about both in the UK and abroad.”
Similar to the silence that the public experienced after Princess Diana’s death, there is silence after Prince Harry’s Las Vegas incident. As of August 27, 2012 no statement has been provided by The Latest News section on the official website of The British Monarchy.
…….. and then there is the press.
June 24, 2001: The article HEY, WANNA BUY SOME PIX? wrote about the outrage of pictures and the role of the paparazzi in Princess Diana’s death.
May 10, 2011: The Mail Online wrote about the
“Outrage at screening of dying Princess Diana photo: Cannes documentary to show graphic picture for first time. ‘In continuing their mother’s legacy, Prince Harry and Prince William will never publicly comment about their mother because they view the issue as ‘the most intensely personal and private aspect of their very public lives’.”
May 10, 2011:
“A shocking paparazzi photograph of a dying Princess Diana is to be screened for the first time in a documentary about her fatal crash.” (DailyMail)
May 12, 2011: The article Princess Diana: Death Photo Leaked, Part 1, contains the words
“A shocking paparazzi photo of a dying Princess Diana could be shown for the first time on Friday in a documentary at the Cannes Film Festival.”
May 10, 2011: The Daily Mail article Outrage at screening of dying Princess Diana photo: Cannes documentary to show graphic picture for first time also reports that
“A spokesman for the filmmakers said: ‘The picture has been published in full before, in many parts of the world. We acquired the image from an Italian magazine, which had already published it in full. It is also widely available on the web. We are therefore not publishing anything that the rest of the world has not already seen elsewhere.’”
August 24, 2012: The Sun’s front page is the only British paper to publish Prince Harry’s naked picture and is titled
“HEIR IT IS! Pic of naked Harry you’ve already seen on the internet.” (The Sun)
What would Princess Diana say about ‘Words’?
Princess Diana would most likely smile. While standing at the altar and getting married to the future King of England, she accidentally said his name incorrectly,
“The bride’s nerves showed briefly when she mixed up the Prince’s names – calling him Philip Charles Arthur George, rather than Charles Philip.” (BBC On This Day)
Besides Princess Diana’s positive outlook on being human and making human mistakes, she also understood the power of words. During their vow, Princess Diana and Prince Charles had requested that she did not have to say “that she would obey him”.
The History of Pictures
The article Its makers have gone to extraordinary lengths to recreate Diana’s style, but is a major new film about her love life TRIBUTE or TRAVESTY? shows pictures of Princess Diana in August 1997 during her vacation and discusses the current production of the movie Caught in Flight.
Caught in Flight focuses on the final two years of Princess Diana’s life when she had separated from Prince Charles and had been in relationships with Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed. Naomi Watts plays Princess Diana and the movie is scheduled to be released in February 2013 (imdb.com).
“For some of Diana’s most romantic moments with Dodi — during a holiday to St Tropez — the rocky Croatian coast around Valdibora bay has been used.”
As a justification for making the movie Caught in Flight, the Daily Mail reports
“However, following the great successes enjoyed by The King’s Speech, The Queen and The Iron Lady, there is clearly a clamour for this type of movie.” (MailOnline)
As a justification for publishing the naked pictures of Prince Harry, The Sun wrote on August 24, 2012,
“We defied warnings from Palace lawyers who wanted to suppress the snaps taken of Army officer Harry, 27, in a Las Vegas hotel room. Tory MP Damian Collins, a member of the influential parliamentary Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said: ‘There’s a clear public interest in the Vegas pics.”
The History of Controversy
A lot of Prince Harry’s fans worldwide are upset about the publication of Prince Harry’s nude pictures; so are Princess Diana’s fans about the movie.
“A lot of fans of the late Princess Diana are stoked about the new film in production depicting Diana’s last days, but others say they ‘don’t need it’.” (Pictures on Dodi’s yacht in 1997 and comment: Princess Di Fans Tired Of Life And Death Reenactments)
For many fans, one comment on MailOnline summarizes the topic about Princess Diana’s and Prince Harry’s pictures efficiently:
“Should have been left well alone. But it is all about money, simply that.”
Unfortunately, life is not simple. Life does not consist of an all-or-nothing viewpoint:
Because of the media and the press, over 2 billion people were able to participate and grief with Prince Harry and Prince William on the day of Princess Diana’s funeral on September 6, 1997. (Video: The Funeral Service of Diana, Princess Wales)
Because of the media and the press, 750 million people were able to watch Princess Diana’s (then 22) fairy-tale wedding to Prince Charles, (the future King of England, Your Royal Highness) on July 29, 1981. (BBC Video: Wedding)
Because of the media and the press, millions of people were able to watch the wedding of Prince William (second in line as the future King of England, also titled: His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, British prince, Princes of Wales, or Prince William of Wales) to Catherine Middleton (Kate Middleton; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) on April 29, 2011. (BBC clips, photos)
Because of the media and the press, millions of people were able to witness the similarities between the wedding of Prince Charles to Princess Diana and the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The engagement ring that Kate Middleton has is Princess Diana’s engagement ring. Like Diana, Kate Middleton is not of royal blood. By marrying Prince William, a future king of England, Kate became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. Like in Diana’s case, the royal family is waiting for a male heir.
When history repeats itself, there is a universal message:
Since there are as many different viewpoints as there are people, the responsibility for Princess Diana’s dying photos or Prince Harry’s naked pictures lies solely on the individual who chooses to take that picture at a moment when any human being is the most vulnerable.
The only question is, “Would the picture-takers in both cases have liked to be photographed if it was them?
When the past, the present, and the future become one…..
The most powerful judges of those who take pictures of other human beings when they are at their most vulnerable will be their children.
On September 1, 1997, only two days after Princess Diana’s death, Eugene Robinson ends his article From Sheltered Life to Palace Life, To a Life of Her Own for the Washington Post Foreign Service with the words that will remain forever with Prince Harry and Prince William:
“Now, having died young, she enters the sphere of icons where only a few others exist, more as symbols than as real people — James Dean, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe. Diana’s story has ended; now, the legend begins.”
History does not only repeat itself in the life of Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry but in all families. As children carry on their parents’ legacy and pass on amazing abilities as well as challenging disabilities from generation to generation, one wonders who in the royal family said?
“I know from experience what it means to be away from those we love …remember, it will be for us the children of today to make the world of tomorrow a better and happier place.”
[See attribution below additional links]
Princess Diana: Her childhood, legacy, love for Prince Harry, William, the world
Prince Harry’s classy mother: ‘My God, what’s happened?’
Prince Harry’s response
Prince Harry’s focus: Princess Diana, his mother’s death 15 years ago
Prince Harry educates the world: Being naked is natural, fun, a human right (Video)
It was not Princess Diana, Prince Harry, or Prince William. It was Prince Harry’s grandmother Elizabeth II, present Queen of England (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born April 21, 1926) at the age of 14. BBC Archive sound video, October 13, 1940, Prince Harry and Prince William are continuing today their grandmother’s and mother’s legacy of charity work for children. (Video Gallery of charity work)
Winston Churchill, the former Prime British Minister, knew Queen Elizabeth as a little girl when she was only two years old and called her “a character”. Anyone who is familiar with the character of the amazing Queen knows, she would (if she could) be standing right next to those “bare” ones saluting to her grandson.