As I’m sure you do too, I remember exactly where I was when I found out about Princess Diana’s passing. I was five years old and staying at my grandparent’s house in Miami Beach. Upon walking into the TV room, I saw my grandparents fixated by the television. They explained to me what happened and I remember bursting into tears, feeling so sad and confused as to why this happened. It didn’t quite seem real. I loved that beautiful Princess who made me feel as if I knew her.
I’ve remained entranced by her and have researched her endlessly, needless to say I cannot wait to see this film ! She was all heart and the epitome of compassion, elegance, grace, integrity, and sincerity…as evidenced by her words.
I was compelled to perform. When I say perform, I was compelled to go out and do my engagements and not let people down and support them and love them. In a way, by being out in public, they supported me although they weren’t aware of just how much healing they were giving me. It carried me through.
Anything good I ever did, nobody ever said a thing, never said ‘well done’ or was it OK. But if I tripped up, which invariably I did, because I was new at the game, a ton of bricks came down on me.
People’s agendas changed overnight. I was now the separated wife of the Prince of Wales. I was a problem. I was a liability. And how are we going to deal with her? This hasn’t happened before.
On why she withdrew from public life:
The pressure was intolerable then and my work was being affected. I wanted to give 110% to my work and I could only give 50. I was constantly tired, exhausted because the pressure was just… It was so cruel. So I thought the only way to do it was to stand up and make a speech and extract myself before I started disappointing and not carrying out my work. It was my decision to make that speech, because I owed it to the public to say, ‘Thank you. I’m disappearing for a bit, but I’ll come back.
I put it to William, specifically, that if you find someone you love in life, you must hang onto it and look after it. If you are lucky enough to find someone who loves you, then one must protect it.
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
I am a free spirit, unfortunately for some.
I think the biggest disease this world suffers from in this day and age is a disease of people feeling unloved. And I know that I can give that love for a minute, for a half an hour, for a day, for a month. But I can give and I’m very happy to do that and I want to do that.
Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.
Family is the most important thing in the world.
Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life - a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.
The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance. Everyone is so intolerant of each other.
Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can.
I would like a monarchy that has more contact with its people.
I think every strong woman in history has had to walk down a similar path. And I think that it’s the strength that causes the confusion and fear. Why is she strong? Where does she get it from? Where is she taking it?
I lead from the heart, not the head. And albeit that’s gotten me into trouble in my work, I understand that. But someone’s got to go out there and love people and show it.
I’d like to be a queen of people’s hearts, in people’s hearts, but I don’t see myself as being queen of this country.