I was only 7 at the time. I didn't really understand or comprehend the news at the time, but I did know who Diana was and I understood that something bad had happened.
Mainly because my parents wouldn't stop watching the TV all day. And in those days if ever I got to see the Nine O' Clock news, it meant I was way over my bedtime and I really shouldn't still be up. So when I was seeing the studio all day that day, I knew from that it was pretty serious news as it was coming from the 'grown-up studio'.
Nowadays in the multi-channel world, it's easy to just change the channel and watch what you like no matter what in the world might be happening. But in 1997 when most households only had access to five channels, all broadcasting rolling news, it was pretty hard to escape what was happening hour-by-hour and day-by-day which is probably what intensified people's emotions and the public's reaction to the news, something we'll never experience the likes of again.
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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