Diana, Princess of Wales (born Diana Frances Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997).
As I write this I sit less than ten miles from her final resting place and when she died The UK mourned and the whole world was shocked. She was at the time the most photographed woman in the world, partly because of who she was, the mother to the future king of England and the former wife of Prince Charles, the then and current first in line to the throne.
When Diana Spencer first cam in to public eye as the newest member of the royal family she was like a breath of fresh air, though she may have had a slightly privileged background, to many she was just a normal girl and the public loved her.
When she became the wife to the future king it is quite apparent she had no idea how her life would change totally and irrevocably and neither did she realise that her new husband’s heart lay elsewhere.
In hindsight it is plaintively obvious to see that it was decided that Charles needed a wife to produce an heir and his current ‘friend’ Camilla Parke Bowles because of her marital history just would not do and Diana was ‘chosen’ and it came to light in her now infamous interview that Charles’s ‘friendship’ with Camila never went away and though Charles may have been fond of Diana, any declaration or display of ‘love’ were not as real or as true as we were led to believe.
It is hard not to feel sorry for Diana as she posed alone in front of the Taj Mahal or when she was criticised by certain segments of the media or public or when she was repeatedly hounded by the paparazzi which led to her untimely death.
It is now easy to recognise and understand just how alone she felt within the Royal family, when she was effectively just a young mother with little support and few close friends and she suffered but did not succumb to defeat as she proved to be an inspirational mother to her young sons who must both think of her on a daily basis.
What she proceeded to do was to take her title, her position and her public persona and use it to do good and positive things, to champion many worthwhile causes around the world, to become an outlet and voice for those who needed it.
In the public eye she was kind and compassionate, she was also young and beautiful and due to her untimely demise this is the way she will always be remembered.