Princess Diana death has put the Royal Family in a dangerous place, says anti-monarchy group

Princess Diana: 'Royal Family is in danger as it relies on celebrity games to continue', says anti-monarchy group

Princess Diana died 20 years ago

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Following Princess Diana's death, the Royal Family are now in a precarious position as they're relying on the celebrity game for the monarchy to continue, according to anti-monarchy group Republic.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Diana's death. Yesterday (August 30) Prince William and Harry visited Princess Diana's memorial garden, meeting representatives from charities and the public who had gathered to celebrate Diana's life.

Graham Smith, the CEO of Republic which wants the monarchy abolished, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "In the long term I think [Diana's death has] actually probably put [the Royal Family] in a very dangerous place, because they’re sort of now relying on sort of the celebrity game. That’s not really enough to survive long term."

He also thinks the monarchy won't survive because it's "not designed to be responsive to public opinion and that’s why it’s always historically been remote because it’s about creating a mirage and a fantasy that the people can believe in.

"The system isn’t designed to cope with [people now seeing what's really going on in the family] which is why, in the long term, it can’t survive."

Smith added that he believes the press offices at all three Royal Houses aren't "collaborating and cooperating" and some from Kensington and Buckingham Palace are reportedly uncomfortable "with the extent to which the two Princes are airing their personal feelings" on Diana. 

"I don’t think we need to have this media circus every sort of 10 years. It’s starting to get a little bit odd and strange."

Listen to the full interview above