Hundreds of Royal correspondents as well as everyone at The Daily Express face imminent redundancy after it was revealed that the supply of news stories relating to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, is rapidly diminishing. Miriam Worthing, Senior Royal Correspondent for The Daily Express, broke the news to colleagues that there were only another estimated nineteen Diana-related stories left. The Daily Express, have sold newspapers almost solely on the back of an almost incessant stream of Diana-related stories since her death in Paris in 1997, and is expected to fold within the month as a result of this news, resulting in heavy job losses.
Interviewed afterwards, Ms Worthing defended her outburst to the media: “I realise this has caused a lot of distress, but I believe it is something that my colleagues in the media need to know,” she said, defiantly. “Let’s be honest, everyone knew this well would dry up eventually. I just don’t think any of us expected that it would be so soon — only twelve years after her death — but that’s how it is, and we’ll just have to learn to live with it, and try to write about things that are actually relevant.”
Speculation is rife as to how Ms Worthing came to her startling conclusion, although she has subsequently revealed that she stumbled upon it while trying to think of a Diana-related news story to fill space on the front page of her newspaper.
“I was going over what we’d covered so far,” Ms Worthing explained. “I saw we’d examined every aspect of every conspiracy theory concerning Diana’s death, uncovered previously unseen details of her life as Princess of Wales, and explored pretty much everything she did before she married Charles.
“I was running through our remaining options, and I suddenly realised the only things we hadn’t covered were her choice of bedtime footwear, her favourite pasty from Greggs, and a previously only partially-documented period of her life from in mid-April 1974. I’m a glass half-full kind of girl, but with the best will in the world I could only see that amounting to nineteen separate headlines at most. Unless we made some up — which we would never do, of course,” she added.