Princess Diana’s biographer, Andrew Morton, 65, has covered many royal figures and celebrities including Prince William, Madonna, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, and Monica Lewinsky. Now he’s back with a new biography about Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan: Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. He’s also got more to say about the late Princess of Wales, once known as “the world’s most photographed woman.”
Princess Diana and her son Prince Harry, 1992. pic.twitter.com/Av1fzddYsi
— History Photographed (@OldHistoryPics_) August 9, 2018
In Diana: Her True Story, published in 1992, the public learned that the Princess wasn’t living any sort of a fairytale. Instead, she felt trapped like a prisoner in the palace.
“It explained Diana’s feelings, her sense of isolation, her sense of being a prisoner,” Morton told PEOPLE.
Once people learned about her human struggles, they were drawn to her even more, seeing that she was an ordinary person with everyday problems as well as an amazing humanitarian.
“Once that leached into the popular imagination and people got to understand who she was as a three-dimensional character, then people responded to her.”
People wanted more of Diana and more of a monarchy that they could relate to in a more personal way.
“And you could see that people wanted the Diana monarchy, one that was more approachable, a bit looser. A little bit more empathetic to their own issues and problems,” said morton.
Only after Diana’s tragic death in 1997 did the public learn that Diana was the source for the biography. She sent recordings on tape from the palace to Morton through an intermediary.
The book was extremely controversial when it was published, revealing Diana’s suicide attempts, her eating disorder, and detailing her husband Charle’s scandalous affair with Camilla.
The book was banned by major publishers and condemned by The Archbishop of Canterbury. Nevertheless, the support that Diana craved began to flood in with letters from sympathetic and devoted fans.
“[…] the Princess quickly began to receive the kind of support that always meant so much to her,” said Morton.
Diana put a human face on the royal family that made it all the more painful to say goodbye to her, and her influence across the planet is still just as powerful today.
Morton says that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex now has the opportunity to reach people in a similar way to Diana, though of course, Diana is an act that will always remain incomparable.
He told Reuters:
“Diana died at 36, Meghan comes into the scene at 36. In a way she’s picked up Diana’s baton – she’s both elegant, she’s glamorous and also she’s a humanitarian.”
Meghan, who is the same age that Diana was when she died, was accused by a childhood friend of wanting to be “Diana 2.0.”
Morton doesn’t agree:
“Her friend was rather exaggerating,” he said. “I think Meghan wants to be Meghan 1.0, that is to say known for being Meghan not for being in the shadow of somebody else.”
— Mirror Royal (@MirrorRoyal) April 18, 2018
Still, the famous biographer does believe Meghan will be a trailblazer of her own.
“She is using the glass slipper to smash through the glass ceiling, it is a post-modern fairytale,” he said during an appearance on Loose Women shortly after the royal wedding.
Prince Harry believes that his wife would be “thick as thieves” with his late mother if she were alive today.
See an artist’s rendering showing Diana with her daughters-in-law and grandchild below:
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See Andrew Morton appear on the View to discuss Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry below:
More about his biography about the late Princess below: