As soon as I sat down to watch ‘Diana Our Mother’ on TV, I knew I had to share my thoughts on her.
Diana was the same age as me. She would be 56 had she not died tragically that night 20 years ago in Paris. I remember vividly the moment I heard the news on the radio. I was working alone in our small business which involved customer service and for the rest of my shift I was inconsolable. It seemed the whole world was in shock for months. Theories about conspiracy to assassinate her were and still are making headlines but the reality remains that Diana was taken too soon and will be forever young in our memories.
Diana was an inspiration to many young women back in the 80’s. From the way she wore her hair to the clothes she dressed herself and her boys in, we pawed over every magazine who had the sense to put her on the cover. She was big news.
Imagine her now. Imagine the type of woman she would be. When I imagine her today, I see a woman who has the ability to change world views. I see her thriving in Grand Motherhood, immersing herself in her love for George and Charlotte. I see her as a friend and mentor to her daughter in-law, Catherine and soon to be daughter in-law Megan. I’m sure Catherine would have had the utmost support from Diana in her Royal role and Megan would have been welcomed with open arms. But mostly, I see Diana as one of the most influential woman of this Century. I speak of her as though she could have been my BFF. I loved her. I loved everything about her and I mourned her death.
As Diana’s sons grew up, one can’t help but be proud of these men she nurtured as boys. It proves that empathy and compassion are virtues instilled as young children. William and Harry are Diana’s legacy and they have inherited her sense of duty to the people while staying very Royal. Everyone has an opinion on the Royal Family. Like them or loath them, they seem to give hope and stability to a wild and unpredictable world. I stand proudly as a supporter of The Royals and look forward to this fresh generation gaining acceptance from the broader community. I’m very grateful for the 20 year anniversary insight into William and Harry’s memories of their mother, as they now share a duty to keep Diana’s memory alive for future generations.
In memory of an extraordinary woman.
Christine - MotherWise