As I watched TLC’s special entitled “William, Kate & 8 Royal Weddings” that aired on January 9, 2011, I realized again how dearly we loved Princess Diana and how much she is missed. No, she is not forgotten, even though she may not be regularly remembered with photos and reminiscences. After ten years we have laid aside our grief but not our sadness at her leaving our midst.
I had fallen in love with the ‘People’s Princess’ from the first moment we met in a magazine. She was walking alone on a London street, her head down as though already facing the ever-increasing presence of the paparazzi. She was young and relatively unknown at that time. But, oh, how she grew on us all.
I watched Prince Charles as he cuddled Princes Diana in the crook of his arm at their engagement interview. As he held her hand his thumb gently caressed her skin, all the while answering questions put to him. Diana spoke so softly, yet we could hear every word.
From the moment Princess Diana burst onto the scene no one really saw Prince Charles. He had faded into the background behind her gentle beauty and quiet, English charm. In a moment she became Her Royal Highness, Princess of Wales, the people’s princess.
The Queen’s personal bodyguards awaited her while a million adoring fans stood outside watching the doors, waiting for their princess. Their cheering seemed to go on without ceasing. 800 staff members came out to welcome the couple home. Diana was still in her dress and 25-foot train, still carrying her magnificent bouquet of cascading white roses.
At 1pm the entire wedding entourage stepped out onto the royal balcony, where Prince Charles treated the wildly cheering crowd to a unique first – he kissed his bride. My heart wrenched at the touching sight, for the Prince would not keep his vows, opting instead to return to his former love, Ms Camilla. I hold no hard thoughts toward them, only sad regret that he may have given up the best thing that could have happened to him. He walked away from a love that might have been awesome had he stayed for the whole match.
Within three years Princess Diana gave birth to two royal heirs to the throne. I will always remember her comment to her dear friend following the joyous, yet sobering birth of Harry, her second, that she had done her duty to her husband and the crown. Her role as wife had ended.
Within 15 years the royal marriage between Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales was over. Two years later Diana’s life ended at the hands of the paparazzi. My heart aches again with the loss. How is Diana’s mum handling the loss? How does Queen Elizabeth II walk through the events again? A precious soul went forth into eternity and we were left behind to bear the cross of remembering our fairy princess, her life cut way too short.
I remember Princess Diana’s special qualities; how she forged a path way ahead of her time, her head slightly tilted and always smiling her faint, half smile. No matter what transpired on the inside where the Princess really lived – her smile won over millions. She had an endearing way of making one feel she was intimately interested in their comments.
I remember Diana’s eyes and smile that enveloped the HIV child she held to her breast in loving acceptance. Although we never read of her testimony of faith in Jesus Christ, yet I know that she spent many hours talking in private with Mother Theresa. Only God in heaven knows where her eternal home is. I hope to see her when the angels come to escort me home.