Members of the public grieving at the funeral of Diana Spenser, September 1997.

Princess Diana Was Not Your Mother

The outpouring of grief over Diana’s death 25 years ago was the curtain-raiser for our age of hysteria.

Henry Wismayer
6 min readAug 31, 2022

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Do I remember where I was? Sure. I was in my bedroom watching TV. It was the early hours of Sunday, a sultry late summer’s night, when a newsflash announced that there had been a serious accident in a Parisian underpass.

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Henry Wismayer

Essays, features and assorted ramblings for over 80 publications, inc. NYT Magazine, WaPo, NYT, The Atlantic, WSJ, Nat Geo, and TIME: www.henry-wismayer.com.