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What Was the Most Significant Breakup in History?

Source: Graham Roumieu

Sofia Alvarez, screenwriter, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

In my lifetime, for story purposes alone, I don’t think one can top Charles and Diana. Has there been a more public, twisted, and tragic union and parting?

Jenny Han, author, P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara

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