Ok, I’m on board. I really can’t help it. I have loved watching the Royal Windsor’s since Diana came on the scene back in the early 80’s. I was just a little girl myself but I remember watching the wedding (her dress was every little girls DREAM) and probably dreaming about the Prince’s that I would one day marry.
I followed Diana throughout her short life from that point on. I thought she was one of the coolest women, well ever! As I became older and a mom to two of my own boys, I was so impressed with Diana’s “hands-on” approach with her own boys. She fought so hard against the tradition that she felt smothered with. I was always impressed by that.
As I watched, I only became more smitten with her and less so with Charles.
I loved watching Diana with all of her amazing fashion choices. I loved watching her in all of her charity causes. I also loved watching her raise her two boys, William and Harry.
I will never forget the day she died. I was at work and literally, it felt like the entire hospital (staff and patients) were glued to the television. It was an unbelievably sad night. (I still have the People magazine that came out right after with her picture on the cover all these years later.)
It was in the days following that I became impressed by Charles. He showed compassion and what I feel was genuine pain at her passing. I believe that whatever was (or wasn’t) between them, she was the mother of his boys and for that loss, he was also heartbroken for his children.
Since then, I have witnessed a man raise his two young son’s, after her tragic death, to be wonderful, generous and humble men.
I love watching William and Kate grow into their roles with grace.
And George and Charlotte are adorable.
Kate and William recently welcomed their third child, a boy, Louis.
On Saturday, Princess Diana’s youngest son Harry will marry Megan Markle. (I have always had a soft spot for Harry, my youngest son is also a “ginger”.) It will be a bittersweet day for Harry, and all, to be sure.
Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle comes paired with the sadness that his mother, Princess Diana, isn’t here to share in the joy.
“It is days like today when I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news,” Harry said during a recent sit-down interview with the BBC. The prince only recently started speaking about his grief over losing his mother at such a young age. During the interview, Harry also shared what his mother would think of his new fiancée, Meghan Markle. “I think they’d be thick as thieves, without question,” he said. As for Markles’ ring, it is a sentimental piece with the main setting designed for Markle’s love of yellow gold and then, “the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection, to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together,” he said.
What would Diana have told Prince Harry? “She would have told him to know your own heart. I think that with Harry, she’d be thrilled that he’s followed his heart. That’s what she always wanted for her boys to do.” ~Andrew Morton, Diana’s autobiographer.
Markle and Harry could change the royal family almost as profoundly as Diana did in her time. “Meghan has a very powerful task because she symbolizes modern Britain. The fact that you have a biracial princess is a genuine and profound step change for the royal family.” She also has the tools to take up Diana’s mantle as a princess of the people. “Far more than Prince Harry or even William in a way, Meghan is used to the camera, and so she will connect with the public in a way that other members [of the royal family] find more difficult,” says Morten.
“…..Meghan has blossomed into this role, and people, women especially, in Britain, are genuinely excited by her arrival into the royal family.”
I know I am.