When you’re bereaved of a close relative or friend, even 20 years on, there are moments when you think: ‘I’d have shared that with him or her’. It might be a news story, the death of a celebrity or something as simple as it’s snowing.
With Jenny, no doubt I’ve have avoided mentioning today’s Royal family related story as we’d have ended up arguing. The Queen and Prince Philip have heavy colds, so instead of going by train to Sandringham for their traditional Christmas break, they were taken by helicopter. Perfect fodder for a republican/royalist spat.
It reminds me of the last week I saw Jenny, in August 1996. Charles and Dianna’s divorce was to be announced in the afternoon of 28 August. Still blissfully unaware, Jenny triumphantly returned from a charity shop, where she’d bought an expensive Charles and Di Royal Wedding plate at a knockdown price that morning. Equally unaware, I had a go, saying no wonder the plate was so cheap, they’re an embarrassment; and, wouldn’t Jenny be better off investing in royal divorce memorabilia?
Strange how history got the better of both of us.