|From Newsweek.com-R.Mutt Studios Illustration, Tim Graham/Getty Images|
Talk about creepy. Newsweek Magazine is doing a commemorative piece on Diana, The Princess of Wales, who would have turned 50 this Friday. The story, by Newsweek's Editor-in-Chief and Diana biographer, Tina Brown discusses what Diana's life would have been like had she not died in 1997 at the age of 36. Newsweek decided to further illustrate her would-be life by superimposing a digitally-aged photo of the Princess at age 50 with her now daughter-in-law, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge.
The original of this picture is actually a photograph of Kate Middleton with her sister Pippa walking together after attending a friend's wedding. Umm..SO creepy and so tacky.
|The original photo of Kate and Pippa|
|Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their wedding day|
|The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day|
But, was it really necessary for Newsweek to take the public's royal obsession this far? They knew the cover would cause controversy and sell magazines so perhaps that was their real objective.
Tina Brown speculates on detail after detail of what Diana's life would be like now including her preference for Botox and her ability to mix casual and glam fashion a la Michelle Obama. She suspects Diana would probably have been remarried at least twice, she would be a power player at the Clinton Global Initiative and would even have reconciled with Prince Charles. She says although Diana would have slightly jealous about the media attention surrounding Kate Middleton, she would have learned to share the spotlight and even become a firm defender of the Middletons against the palace snobs.
While the article is an interesting take on this adored public figure, the cover photo is outrageous. Shame on Newsweek. The image of Diana-risen from the dead, fourteen years older and casually walking with Kate Middleton is honestly too creepy and eerie for words.
What do you think about the photo? Are you more inclined to read the article!?