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What Diana’s cult tells the Church

Diana’s beauty and frailty symbolised the people’s spirituality, says Hugh Rayment-Pickard

‘It revealed a religious longing for ordinary kindness to the victimised’

We started to understand the Diana phenomenon properly only right at the end, after her death. As the hillocks of devotional flowers withered under their wrappers outside Kensington Palace, and the solemn processions of pilgrims crammed the streets, we were witnessing the rituals of a secular cult, with Diana as its goddess.

The flowers, the messages of love, and the teddy ...

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An angry voice and a tear

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Did King Charles I have Asperger’s syndrome?

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