Kensington Palace, September 1997 : A Tribute To Diana, Princess of Wales 1961 - 1997
14 years ago, my heart broke at the loss of my childhood hero. She was everything I wanted to be as a little girl. I loved her spirit, her beauty, her humor, and her unbelievable compassion for others. When we would have assignments at school requiring us to write a biography for a famous person, or to dress up like your hero and do a book report, I always, always chose her. She was a light in this world and inspired so many people. I don’t think she will ever be forgotten. She was special in so many ways. She gave the world the best of herself, and we, in turn, gave her the title of the People’s Princess. I obviously never met her, but I felt as if I knew her in some way. I think that a lot of people felt that way about her. She made herself so available and was so genuine, that when she passed away, the world grieved for her as if they had lost someone very close to themselves. I will never forget the disbelief that I felt, or how I sobbed for her and her children. I was only a young girl at the time, but I remember it as if it were yesterday. It was the first time that I had ever experienced the kind of grief that only accompanies death. Even though she has been gone for so many years, she still inspires me and so many others around the world. I strive to be able to leave a mark on my own little corner of world. To make just one person half as happy as she made countless thousands. Rest in peace Diana, you will always be the Queen of my heart.