Insensitive? Newsweek Imagines Princess Diana at 50


This week's issue of Newsweek carries a puzzling cover story -- it imagines Princess Diana on her 50th birthday, complete with a poorly photoshopped mock-up cover photo showing an aging Diana walking with her new daughter-in-law Kate Middleton.

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The article was written by the royal-obsessed new editor-in-chief of the once-proud magazine, Tina Brown.

Brown makes all sort of assumptions about what she thinks Diana's life would be like had she not been killed in that car crash in Paris in 1997. She claims Diana would have moved from London to New York (gee, just like Brown did), and would have dumped Dodi Al-Fayed, who died alongside Diana in the crash.

Brown also decided that Diana would turn to a plastic surgeon to keep looking young, writing:

There is no doubt she would have kept her chin taut with strategic Botox shots and her bare arms buff from the gym.

Brown believes Diana would have gotten along with her new daughter-in-law after first being threatened by her.

The rising public adoration of Kate would have afforded Diana some tricky moments. Diana would have had to adjust to a broadening of the limelight.

She also thinks Diana would have made peace with former husband Prince Charles, so much so that Charles would be her "best male friend."

Brown and her Newsweek staff went all-out on this, even creating what they think Diana's Facebook page would look like. It is complete with 107,623 friends including every British celebrity -- among them Charles' new wife Camilla Parker Bowles. Charles even "liked" it.


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