Greer launches fresh public attack on Princess Diana
AAP | Monday, 27 August 2007
Australian feminist Germaine Greer has launched her second public attack on Princess Diana in a week, saying her legacy amounts to little more than endless adulation in the media.
Greer's latest outburst about the late princess comes just seven days after she branded Diana a "devious moron" during an address to the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
This time, the outspoken academic described Diana as a "desperate woman seeking applause" whose main aim was to be "queen of people's hearts" before she died in a car crash in Paris 10 years ago.
"Diana's legacy is no more than endless column inches of adulation and speculation," Greer wrote in The Sunday Times.
Greer said Diana became more "devious" and manipulative as she got older while displaying "disturbingly neurotic behaviour".
And the academic suggested Diana's behaviour could have even played a role in her own death.
"The saddest thought of all is that Diana's death may have resulted indirectly from another of her kack-handed manipulations; it is said that she only went to Paris with Dodi Fayed in order to make heart surgeon Hasnat Khan jealous," Greer wrote.
Greer also accused the late princess of "acting a lie" in presenting herself as a "guileless girl who fell in love with a chap who just happened to be heir to the English throne, only to have her innocent love spurned".
Instead, Greer said Diana had grown up with close ties to the royal family with her aristocratic father working as an equerry to the Queen and her grandmothers being members of the royal household.
Greer also noted that if Diana had studied history at school she would have realised that marrying the Prince of Wales was a "one-way ticket to misery".
Historically, Greer wrote, the "job" of being Princess of Wales had been a difficult one and filled by women who were used to their husbands cheating on them.
Greer said Prince Charles had managed to keep his marital affair with Camilla Parker Bowles quiet for many years, while Diana "sampled an extraordinary collection of men".
She also downplayed Diana's reputation as a global fashion icon, saying instead that the princess "dressed to the same demotic standard of elegance as TV anchorwomen do, plus the inevitable hat".
"It is precisely because she was basically anonymous that Diana's public could so easily identify with her; it should surprise no one that they then transferred their feelings to her and chanted as one that she identified with them," she said.