The British public opinion seems to strongly back changes to the monarchy according to the Sunday Times and the Sunday Observer opinion polls. According to the Sunday Times poll seventy per cent think that Queen Elizabeth II is remote and out of touch with the public. The Sunday Observer poll suggested that the Queen should step down. It appears that six out of ten people interviewed for the polls wanted Prince William to succeed her. According to the Observer poll seventy four per cent of the public interviewed thought that the monarchy should be modernised and be more informal.
As the news media is still focussing on the royal family and Diana Princess of Wales, each day unveils a different saga and a different aspect. Several Sunday newspapers on 14 September said they were changing their reporting styles on the royal family, following the death of Princess Diana. The Sunday Mirror and the Sunday People pronounced that they would follow a stricter rules to protect the privacy of Prince William and Prince Harry. News of the World, the most popular Sunday tabloid for gossip, came out with the most surprising news that they would not be publishing photos of the princes unless they have been taken under strict guide lines. It described some paparazzi photographers as ' Roving bands of thugs'.
Every day so many versions have been popping up suggesting numerous theories. A BBC panorama programme on 15th September interviewed some of the photographers who were hounding Princess Diana during the last hours before the crash and after the crash. They seemed to suggest that they were at least two hundred meters behind the Mercedes and could not possibly have been the cause for the crash. Others believe that the driver of the Mercedes was under the influence of alcohol, three times over the legal limit, in addition to consuming anti-depressant drugs and was speeding three times over the speed limit at the time. However, billionaire Al Fayed's security men expressed the opinion that the driver was not an alcoholic, took a drink only socially and on that night he was quite normal. The head of the Alfayed Security, on the TV programme, confirmed that there was a strict code of practice in their establishment not to allow any one to get behind a driving vehicle after consuming alcohol. In the meanwhile another wave of suggestions came few days ago from an Arabian quarter speculating that the whole accident was a well-planned Mafia job!
While the mystery surrounds speculation over speculation, the Sun newspaper came out on 15th September with an exclusive report to say that The Queen has banned a new set of stamps commemorating the life of Princess Diana. The report said that the Royal Mail administrators had completed the designs of a new postage stamp of Diana and were hoping to rush them out by the end of the month, but they were appalled when Her Majesty refused to send the stamps for approval!
The newspaper reported a highly placed Post Office source as saying that, " Nobody is happy about it. It seems Royal protocol judged the idea unacceptable. It will take a long time for the anger among the very top management to simmer down."
The Sun newspaper continued: " Some of the words said about how the Post Office has been slapped down by the Palace are unprintable. The tribute was expected to outsell the 90 million stamps bought to celebrate Diana's marriage to Prince Charles in July 1991, but the Queen's advisers have warned her against the idea saying it would be better to cool the public mourning for Diana.
The question that has been raised is that animals, plants and cars could be put on a stamp to mark a special occasion, so why not Princess Diana? It has been voiced that special stamps would have been perfect to mark the occasion and Diana's life.
The royal family was subjected to heavy criticism during the mourning of Princess Diana and it was highlighted that the Queen relented because of public pressure.
According to the Guardian headline news item on September 9, " Charles and Queen at War over Diana" Prince Charles and the Queen were locked in a series of extraordinary arguments in the aftermath of Diana's death. The disputes had centred on the following disagreements, according to The Guardian:
The Queen initially demanded that Diana's body should not be placed in any of the royal palaces and should be taken to a private mortuary when it arrived back in Britain. Charles disagreed.
The Queen wanted a private funeral despite Diana's status.
There was no mention of Diana at the morning's service at Crathie Kirk because the Queen stuck to her order that the princess's name should never be mentioned in front of her.
Charles had to ring Prime Minister, Tony Blair, from his flight from Aberdeen to Paris to discuss placing Diana's body at St James's Palace.
He also had to ring ahead on the return flight to Northolt RAF base because no arrangements had been made by the palace to lay a wreath on Diana's coffin.
It was also mentioned that that at one point relations between the prince and the rest of his family were so difficult that Downing Street officials had to be brought in to mediate. Mr. Blair and Prince Charles then drove forward plans for a large-scale funeral.
Princess Diana's popularity seems to grow day after day as a ' symbol of selfless humanity who transcended nationality and who needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic'. What more proof is needed than what the whole world has shown over the past few days, after her demise. Diana, Princess of Wales, the human being of unique qualities will be remembered for a long time, especially now that Elton John dedicated the song, 'Good-bye Rose', to her became a platinum hit within hours of its release with 600,000 sales. This has broken the Band Aid's ' Do they know it's Christmas' song record which was sold a million copies within ten days in 1994.
Elton John dedicated his original song ' Candle in the Wind' to actress Marilyn Monroe who died almost at the same age as Princess Diana. The First and the third verses of Goodbye Jean, which has a reference to being hounded by the press, have been omitted in the latest version of Goodbye England's Rose. The words of the songs go as follows:
Loveliness we've lost
These empty days without your smile
This torch we'll always carry
For nation's golden child.
And even though we try,
The truth brings us to tears
All our words cannot express
the joy you brought us through the years.
The latest statement from Diana's mother Mrs. Shand Kydd has confirmed
despite claims that she spoke to paramedics after the crash, Princess
Diana died painlessly. She was quoted as saying, " I know the extent of
Diana's injuries, and I promise everyone that she know nothing. She did
not suffer at all. My knowledge comes first hand.