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Tatler Tina to tattle on Diana

New York, March 10 (Reuters): Former New Yorker editor Tina Brown said on Wednesday she had signed a deal to write a book on Diana, Princess of Wales, and her impact on the British monarchy and media.

'Diana hit the royal family like a meteor and destabilised it,' Brown said.

She declined to comment on reports that the deal with Random House was worth $2 million but said the book would be published in 2007 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the princess's death in a car crash in Paris.

'It gives me a chance in a way to recall Diana, who I did know and I covered over a number of years,' said Brown, a former editor of the London society magazine, Tatler, recalling a lunch with the princess a few months before she died.

Diana's death in August 1997 was followed by an unprecedented outpouring of grief in Britain and a backlash against the royal family, which was accused of being aloof and out of touch.

A string of books have already been written on Diana, mostly crammed with personal details of her unhappy marriage to Prince Charles.

Brown brushed off suggestions that the world did not need another book about Diana, particularly one written by somebody based in New York.

'I feel I'm coming at it from a different angle. I'm not writing it as an inside royal journalist. I'm writing as much about the press and the impact of Diana, as about Diana. I want to write about the impact of celebrity on royalty so a lot of my book will also be cultural commentary. It's not going to be a straight biography.'

Brown became a media celebrity when she moved from Britain to New York, taking over as editor at Vanity Fair and then The New Yorker, only to leave it in 1998.

Brown turned to television talk show in 2003 and plans to cover the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles for NBC's Today Show.

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