The Princess And The Paupers
Since Princess Diana's death 22 years ago, one generation of Royals has grown up, and another generation has sprouted up. The stage, the spotlight, the media circus once saved for Diana is, today, shared by Kate and Meghan. And George, Charlotte, Louis and Archie. And sometimes even Princes William and Harry. Sometimes.
The new obsession with the newer Royals is a key reason the focus is fading on Princess Diana. But there is no denying Diana lives on through her sons, through her influence over them in youth, and through their witness of her sincere demonstrations of love, compassion and empathy.
"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." —Diana
On the anniversary of Princess Diana's death, there will be some media — albeit less with every year — that share thoughts on this iconic, international, and once influential, woman, mother and advocate. Diana helped change the world's view of HIV/AIDS and of landmines. But her first, true cause upon joining the Royal family was homelessness.
Prince William once revealed that Princess Diana started to take him to 'The Passage', a homeless centre in Westminster near Buckingham Palace, when he was just twelve. Prince Williams still visits the centre today.
During an ITV documentary entitled “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy”, a homeless man who met Prince William while in the centre said of the prince, “He was quite nervous when he first went," but has appeared "more at ease over time."
In a talk with a group of elder homeless men at 'The Passage', Prince William was asked about Prince George. At the time, George was William and Kate's only child. Prince William's response, “He’s a bonny boy. We’ve had to re-tailor some of his outfits. He is growing at the rate of knots. He’s going to be a big boy, like his father.”
Prince George, now age six, made headlines recently after being mocked on-air by Lara Spencer of ABC's Good Morning America. The television anchor was making light of George's interest in ballet. While the Royal family did not comment on the matter, people the world over took to social media in defence of George and boys everywhere who study and enjoy ballet and dance, the kind of public response we'd come to expect from Princess Diana, herself.
Princess Diana would have been 58 this year.