Saturday’s British tabloids have taken aim the Italian Magazine Chi for publishing what they believe to be tasteless photos taken at the crash scene that claimed the life of Princess Diana.
There is even more outrage as now the photo is online as well.
The tabloids usually push right up to the limit of what many would consider good taste but they have stood in unison tearing into the Italian Magazine.
The UK Sun printed the picture, but blacked out Princess Diana’s face which is clearly visible in the photo that shows her laying on her right side.
As mentioned, the picture is also being run on various Internet web sites unedited.
The black-and-white photo in Milan-based Chi magazine showed the princess receiving oxygen in the wreckage of the car crash that killed her on Aug. 31, 1997. The picture was excerpted from “Lady Diana: The Criminal Investigation,” a new book by French author Jean-Michel Caradec’h.
The scan of the photo is grainy, but it is clear that it is Lady Di. It’s not clear from the photo if she is alive or has passed.
The tabloids led with an array of headlines aimed squarely at the Italian Magazine.
–“Our Deep Hurt” is the headline in the Daily Mirror,
–The UK Sun opts for “Lowest of the Low”
–The Daily Star calls the princes’ statement unprecedented.
–The Daily Mail believes their highly emotional outburst reveals how much the princes have been hurt.
–The Daily Express called the image “grotesque” and swore not to reprint it.
Princess Diana’s sons spoke out on Friday and released a statement condemning the photos.
“We feel deeply saddened that such a low has been reached,” princes William and Harry said in a statement released Friday by their father’s office, Clarence House. “Despite the support shown to us and our mother’s memory by so many people over the last eight years, we feel that as her sons we would be failing in our duty to her now if we did not protect her as she once did us.”
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund said the photos were in poor taste.
“A lot of people are appalled by the decision,” said Mitali Atal, a fund spokeswoman. “The editor hasn’t thought about the effect the photos would have on her family. It is completely unnecessary.”
It is indeed unnecessary and people are appalled. It’s been nearly nine years; let the woman rest in peace.