We gave it a B
Remember Princess Diana? Her death in a car accident last Labor Day weekend made global news. And yet the full story is emerging so slowly that the media parade has moved on, in the meantime, to the next big thing.
It?s all the more eye-catching, then, what Thomas Sancton and Scott MacLeod have done in “Death Of A Princess.” Sancton, the Paris bureau chief of Time and MacLeod, Time?s Paris-based Middle East correspondent, cover a lot of familiar ground. But they also serve as models of methodical reporting, stacking their hard-won facts into neat bundles of evidence. They don?t dare reach any categorical conclusions. But they do make some news.
For one thing, the writers suggest that Diana might have — might have — survived had she arrived at a hospital sooner. But that?s nothing, there?s also this: ?While falling short of concrete proof, the information available at this point leaves open the possibility that Diana may have been pregnant.? True, the rumors have been around. But by assembling a mess of circumstantial evidence, Sancton and MacLeod give the notion far greater credibility.
Diana and her Egyptian lover, Dodi Fayed, would have likely married, the reporters suggest. Which leads to what is, quietly, the most explosive ?hmmm, maybe?: That the accident that killed them may have been forced. By British intelligence? So Diana wouldn?t marry an Arab and bear a Muslim child? Sancton and MacLeod say they?re just telling what they know??None of which, of course, even remotely proves the existence of any coverup.? Yet the jounalists are seasoned enough to know that somewhere under a ?lid of secrecy,? the truth may lie. And so the digging continues, even after the circus has left town.