In the days following Princess Diana‘s tragic death on August 31, 1997, the royal family went about business as usual. They even attended church services the very next morning without mention of her death.
In fact, things seemed so normal that Prince Harry—who was 12 at the time—didn’t actually know whether the news was real or not.
Biographer Tina Brown’s Channel 5 documentary Diana: 7 Days That Shook The Windsors revealed heartbreaking details about how Harry and his older brother, Prince William—who was 15 at the time—had to handle the painful loss.
“Prince Harry actually asked his father, ‘Is it true that Mummy’s dead?'” Brown explained. “The children couldn’t understand why everything was as normal, except a couple of hours earlier they’d been told their mother had died.”
According to Brown, the royals’ initial reaction to Diana’s death was to “do as they had always done,” which meant going to church at Balmoral where they where staying due to the fact that it was a Sunday.
Other than going about business as usual, another thing that caused some backlash that day was the fact that Crathie Kirk church made absolutely no mention of Diana’s death during the services. This caused people to believe they were treating her with the same “cold detachment” they always had, even after her death.
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward summed up the public reaction in the documentary, saying, “The first thing we saw of the boys was when they were going to church for Sunday service. And people were saying, ‘How could they? These boys have just lost their mother.'”
However, the documentary suggested that Queen Elizabeth II firmly believed any reference to their mother would be “heartbreaking” for William and Harry, and she even ordered all TVs and radios to be removed or hidden at Balmoral to protect them from the traumatizing details of her death on the news.
As you may recall, Diana was killed in a car accident in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul, the driver of the Mercedes-Benz, were also pronounced dead at the scene. Originally, people blamed the paparazzi for the accident, but it was later discovered that Paul had lost control of the car while driving drunk.
Both Harry and William have opened up quite a bit in the recent months leading up to the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death.
They’ve both admitted to burying their emotions regarding such a tragic loss. Prince Harry said he learned how to shut off his feelings and only sought emotional support after he came close to several breakdowns.
Prince William recently opened up to GQ about his similar experience, saying, “I am in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better.”
The royal continued, “It has taken me almost twenty years to get to that stage. I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw.”
Published at Tue, 30 May 2017 20:08:52 +0000
This is it, Bloodline fans, this is the end.
“We’ve really crafted something here that goes to deep emotional places…that feel true to the world and the characters,” co-creator Todd A. Kessler told E! News ahead of the final season dropping on Netflix. “Ideally the audience will be very entertained, surprised and hopefully very satisfied.”
E! News spoke with Kessler and Norbert Leo Butz, Kevin Rayburn on the Netflix series, before season three premiered and the two revealed what they walked away with from the three-season drama.
“I took a dolphin statue I think,” Butz said. “My sunburn, my tan leathery skin.” Kessler had replicas of the Rayburn family sign made and took one home.
At the end of the day, Butz said he’d miss “just about everything” about Bloodline.
“You just don’t get writing like this very often, you don’t get showrunners like this…it’s just a great company with Netflix and then the best actors you can hope to work with…It’s a once in a lifetime job. The bar is set so high for me with the next TV gig,” Butz said.
But is it really the end? Revivals are all the rage in TV these days, but this is it for the Rayburns, Kessler said.
“I think this is it. I think the Rayburns will have a drafting affect on me, personally, for quite some time. Just in terms of thinking about them, but how this season and series ends, as Norbert was saying, provides an end to the story,” he told us.
“We have not discussed that. I would highly doubt that, but anything is possible,” Kessler teased.
Bloodline season three is now streaming on Netflix.
Published at Tue, 30 May 2017 20:03:26 +0000