There are lots of con artists in the world, but it's possible that none are as deplorable as those who claim they can commune with the dead.
BS-ing their way into the hearts and wallets of those who have lost loved ones, "mediums," as many of them like to be called, are pretty awful.
Using grief and our fear of what lies beyond to line their pockets and astonish the gullible, one wonders how they sleep at night.
But they do, and they do quite well for themselves in fact. Dead celebrities in particular are a common target for these new age vultures.
Pretending to chat with famous figures who have passed on allows them to swindle large segments of the population with a single lie.
As a bonus, the friends and family of the dead celeb are unlikely to come forward and dismiss the psychic's claims as hogwash.
Doing so just draws more attention to the con, after all.
Which brings us to this instance. As you may have heard, this month marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.
Not surprisingly, tributes and think pieces about the beloved royal and former wife of Prince Charles are everywhere these days.
Unfortunately, the lowlifes of the world very much want a piece of the grief pie, and they know how to get after it in a hurry.
Case in point:
Simone Simmons, a London-based alternative “energy healer” who claims she was Lady Di's most trusted confidant in her final years.
She claims that she continues to commune with Diana's spirit on a regular basis, and for some reason, people are taking her seriously.
“We talked about everything and anything,” Simmons told The Daily Mail, which somehow gave this woman a platform from which to spew nonsense.
She adds: “It’s very strange how I can still hear her."
"It’s very weird. I hear her voice speaking to me about world events, and being desperately in love with her grandchildren.”
Yeah, next time someone tries to tell you that UK media outlets are any less dumb than American ones, remind them of this:
A popular British newspaper published an interview with a woman who claims the ghost of Princess Di regularly drops by her house to dish about the latest headlines.
Just pointing that out as a reminder. Anyway, Simmons claims Di's favorite topic of conversation is her sons ... and their love lives.
She says Diana "loves" and "adores" Kate Middleton, but is convinced that Meghan Markle isn't right for Prince Harry.
Harry and Meghan are in Africa at the moment, and many believe the American actress will return home with a ring on her finger.
The Ghost of Di is hoping it won't play out like that, as she feels Harry already found, dated, and dumped the right girl.
“It was a while ago when she did say who the right person was and Harry would know it when it happened,”
Apparently, Di isn't using all that free time in the spectral void to watch reruns of Suits.
Maybe they don't get the USA network in the afterlife.
Simmons says Diana told her from the great beyond that Harry needs someone "totally dependable, because he's extremely sensitive."
And it seems she doesn't think Meghan is that person.
Simmons is keeping mum (no pun intended) on who Di thinks Harry should've ended up with, because obviously she wouldn't want to betray the confidence of the ghost princess who comes to her in the night. That would be crazy.
She does reveal that the relationship “didn’t work out, maybe because she couldn’t take the pressure in the end.”
The comment has led many to the conclusion that Simmons is referring to either Chelsy Davy or Cressida Bonas, two of Harry's most high-profile exes.
Unfortunately, we'll never know for sure unless the late Princess Di pens a tell-all.
It would be easy, really, as long as she hires a good ... ghost writer.
We'll show ourselves out.