How long has it been?
Nearly 16 years? Many of you were not even born. Some of you were probably just babies or toddlers. Perhaps you were too young to know what was going on but you remember the tears on your mother’s face. As you grew older, you may have read about her. Yet she’s from the past and is not relevant to you. Today, your princess is the Duchess of Cambridge, whom you call ‘Kate’ on your social media and with your family and friends. She’s the new “People’s Princess” and the “Children’s Princess” and it seems now that the woman who once bore those ‘titles’ is now forgotten.
This woman I speak of is the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
My earliest memory of the Princess of Wales was when I was 6 or 7. We were living in a British Crown Colony then and I kept hoping I would meet this beautiful compassionate princess who reminded me very much of Cinderella, my childhood favourite Disney princess. She was always travelling somewhere so the likelihood of visiting the city I lived in seemed pretty high (or so I thought). I always enjoyed looking at photos of the Princess with everyone she met. The genuine look of compassion in her eyes, never judging the poor, the disabled, the sick, or the elderly. She was really special and it was no wonder she won our hearts. This photo is one of my favourites. I wonder where this little girl is now.
I cannot tell you how devastated I was, at age 9, when I learned the news of the Princess’ death. It could not be. I hoped against hope that she had survived the car accident but it was too late. My childhood princess had left the world and I was to be left without a role model for the remainder of my childhood. I could not imagine what the news meant to her sons, Princes William and Harry. I mourned with them but prayed they would be able to do well in life.
This September, Naomi Watts stars as Diana in the last two years of the Princess’ life in the new film, Diana. Although there will be inaccuracies, I still intend to see the film. I wonder what it will be like in September. How will the audience react to the film? Will the viewers be in tears? Will the anchors talk about the film for a week?
And you, little one, what will you think?
See new updated trailer here:
Over the years, it seems as if the world has forgotten her. Every year, there are fewer bouquets and letters left at Kensington Palace. The Diana exhibition at Althorp House will close next year. Yet some of us shall and can never forget her. She’s a part of our lives, even if some of us have never met her in person. In her children, we see so much of her, be it her looks or her passion in making the world a better place.
Dear ‘Princess Diana’,
Though you are now at rest, know that you are
Never replaced, never forgotten.