What distressed them was not so much my reference to Hitler, but the fact that I could even contemplate criticising their idol.
In the five years since that unforgettable furore, I have not written a single word about Princess Diana.
Second, her personal transgressions were considered virtues by those who repudiated the old moral order.
When set beside the conventional lifestyle of the royals, Diana was the perfect icon for those in thrall to the budding celebrity culture.
No matter how hard I tried to clarify the point I was endeavouring to make on radio, the damage had already been done.