My Mom, Princess Diana, and Me
At what point does someone we’ve lost become only a story we tell, more myth than memory?
That’s where I was when Diana died.
Mommy and Daddy don’t love each otherThat’s why you get a divorce
Matt Ortile is the author of the essay collection The Groom Will Keep His Name. He is also the executive editor of Catapult magazine, and writes regularly for Condé Nast Traveler. Previously, he was the founding editor of BuzzFeed Philippines. He is a MacDowell Fellow and has written for Vogue, Self, Out, Into, and BuzzFeed News, among others. He is a graduate of Vassar College, which means he now lives in Brooklyn. You can find more of his work on mattortile.com and on Twitter @ortile.
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