Nov 1 1997

Visible and Invisible Caregivers

Why Princess Diana was

Reporters who covered the funeral of Britain’s Princess Diana were mystified by the mourners (e.g., New York Times, 9/7/97). “Why are you here?” one journalist after another asked the people adding bouquets to the mountainous flower pile outside the palace gates. Sikhs and Rastafarians, Londoners and tourists, women and men, gay and straight, responded in a similar way. The mantra became familiar: “We’re here because Diana was the only one we ever saw who cared.” Now perhaps that wasn’t the only reason why the mourners massed in Kensington. Plenty has been said about the princess’ sex and class appeal. Fed […]