Princess Diana Of Wales, the first wife of Prince Charles who was killed at the age of 36, features on the cover of Newsweek alongside her son's wife Kate Middleton, reports People Magazine. Princess Diana has been controversially superimposed into a photograph of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Newsweek editor-in-chief Tina Brown has defended the cover, in which a computer generated photograph of Diana imagines what life would have been like had she not died under tragic circumstances on 31st August 1997. Brown writes, "Diana would have been 50 this month. What would she have been like? Still great-looking: that's a given". Brown predicts the much-loved Princess would have moved to New York, kept her youth through Botox, and garnered over 10 million followers on Twitter. Ahead of Diana's 50th birthday on Friday (1st June 2011), a new book titled 'Untold Story: A Novel' by Monica Ali hits shelves, exploring the fictional possibility that Diana faked her own death.
The magazine's new issue also features an imaginary Princess Diana Facebook page, and a slideshow comparing the fashion styles of Diana and Kate Middleton. The cover has already courted controversy, with a recent Los Angeles Times headline asking, "Shocking, brilliant or just plain cheap?".