Ten years after her death, Princess Diana remains a mystery. Was she “the people’s princess,” who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, media-savvy neurotic who nearly brought down the monarchy?
Only Tina Brown, former Editor-in-Chief of Tatler, England’s glossiest gossip magazine; Vanity Fair; and The New Yorker could possibly give us the truth. Tina knew Diana personally and has far-reaching insight into the royals and the Queen herself.
In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them: Diana’s sexually charged mother, her scheming grandmother, the stepmother she hated but finally came to terms with, and bad-girl Fergie, her sister-in-law, who concealed wounds of her own. Most formidable of them all was her mother-in-law, the Queen, whose admiration Diana sought till the day she died. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate “other woman” into this combustible mix, and it’s no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.
TINA BROWN was 25 when she became editor-in-chief of England’s oldest glossy, The Tatler, reviving the nearly defunct 270 year old magazine with an attitude and style that gave it a 300 percent circulation rise. She went on to become editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, and won four National Magazine Awards. In 1992 she became the first female editor of The New Yorker where she raised newsstand circulation by 145 percent. In 2000, Ms. Brown was awarded C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth. She is married to Sir Harold Evans. The couple have two children and reside in New York.
Through the Lens: The Media Legacy of Princess Diana – Tina Brown
Tina Brown, author of The Diana Chronicles, explains how Princess Diana had a “natural understanding of the power of the media.” Princess Diana, however, soon began to use the press as a “weapon” and it “became very ugly” as the media turned on her.
Going Digital: Tina Brown and Baba Shetty on the Future of Newsweek and The Daily Beast
Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, announced this morning that Newsweek magazine, as of 2013, will be a digitial-only product. Here Brown and Newsweek Daily Beast CEO Baba Shetty discuss the change.