Could Princess Diana’s 60th birthday see the return on both Meghan and Harry to the UK? Photo / Getty Images
Poor old Diana, Princess of Wales. Throughout her all-too-brief life, her major birthdays were generally a bit of a fiasco.
By the time Lady Diana celebrated her 18th birthday, grand coming-out balls were on the nose and she was living in London drifting between cleaning houses and childcare work. When she marked her 21st, she was the Princess of Wales and a mother to baby Prince William, but her marriage was already deeply fractured and she was struggling with bulimia and post-natal depression.
Her 30th birthday reportedly devolved into a round of furtive media briefing, with the by-then separated Waleses trying to seed different narratives. (She, via Andrew Morton in the Times, said her errant husband would be leaving her on her own on the big day; his camp put it out that he had offered to throw his wife a party but she had turned the offer down.)
After her death, what would have been Diana’s 50th saw none other than venerable Newsweek highly controversially age her for a photoshopped cover image featuring her and new daughter-in-law Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. It went down about as well as a gluten-free scone at a Buckingham Palace garden party.
Now, in less than two weeks, on July 1, had she lived, Diana would have turned 60 years old.
Already the milestone is shaping up to be one…