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Princess Diana had a good heart, but spare us this cult of empathy | Christina Patterson

One legacy seems to be a requirement that leaders and politicians feel our pain. All I ask is that they are competent

• Christina Patterson is a freelance journalist

Watching the ITV film Diana, Our Mother, on Tuesday night, it was like falling in love again. Yes, of course she was beautiful. She had the smile of a film star. But it wasn’t just her beauty or the radiance that shone out of every frame. It was the compassion in Diana’s smile, and the kindness in her eyes that made a nation fall in love.

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