Public displays of affection are not the norm for London. Yet, on two occasions, July 29, 1981 and September 6, 1997, thousands of people thronged the streets, and billions watched on telly, as the person they adored swept by, the first time for her wedding and the second time for her funeral.
Friday is the tenth death anniversary of Diana, the People’s Princess. She won the hearts of millions of people and loosened the moral strictures of hidebound society by not just talking the talk, but also walking the walk. From a shy bride to a devoted mother to a passionate campaigner, the Princess of Wales didn’t just transform herself, she changed a country. She was one of the first symbols of "girl power" — despite her desire for something that was not at all radical "to love and to be loved" — and her faith in the power of redemptive understanding, of allowing the weak to be weak.
No one watching Diana’s fairy tale wedding to her prince believed that she would not have a happily ever after. Fans everywhere celebrated the birth of her sons, a happy epilogue to the wedding. But they were saddened by the destruction of her love and marriage — it seems even talented, compassionate, beautiful princesses were not guaranteed HEAs.
It’s no wonder, many readers these days like second epilogues. They like knowing that the characters they’ve become attached to and indentified with are not only still together seven, eight, ten years down the road, but are still romantically attracted to each other with a love grown stronger over time.
What do you think of second epilogues? Did you catch the concert on July 1 broadcasted from Wembley Stadium on what would’ve been Diana’s 46th birthday?