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Princess Diana The Queen of Hearts. The story of the day I shook Her hand

Updated on February 23, 2016

A day to remember.

Princess Diana was born on the 1st of July 1961, and was relatively unknown until the 24th February 1981, when she was thrust into the limelight after becoming engaged to Prince Charles, She was a sweet little thing, shy and quiet, and the world took her under their wing and fell in love with her. On the 29th of July 1981 they married in St Paul's Cathedral in London, and quickly became one of our most loved monarchs. There are many stories written about her life, her children and her subsequent divorce, and of course her death. Which still to this day, remains one of the greatest mysteries and tragedies. So i am not going to tell her life story here. Instead, I am going to tell you about the day that I met Princess Diana, Queen of Hearts.

 

Stunned!

I remember the day started out as it usually did. Sunshine, showers and me on my bicycle. I had been to work, and was now doing the thing that I always did at that time of the day. I was going for a ride on my old bike, and pick up a few things for supper. I had totally forgotten that this was the day that Princess Diana was coming to Marlow. It hadn't been advertised as they did not want too many people crowding outside the small Cottage hospital just down the road from where I was living. I had heard about it from one of my friends who was working at the hospital. So, off I went, whistling away, that's what I do when I ride my bike, I whistle! It stops me being scared of falling off. Which I have a habit of doing. I remember turning left at the corner of my road, and suddenly seeing a large crowd of people standing further down the street. Coming closer, I realised that there was a big black car with a flag on top of the front bonnet. So, jumping off of my bike, I placed it against the nearest hedge, and leaned forward through the crowd. There was only one layer of people in front of me, so it was easy to squeeze to the front. I am little, therefore I can step sideways, wiggle a bit, and voila, there I was standing in the main part of the courtyard. I saw that the car had just pulled up to the front door of the hospital. Not more than three metres, nine yards away. The bodyguard or secret service man got out the car and started talking on his walkie talkie. I don't know what they were expecting, but I don't think that Marlow has it's own terrorist gang! Unless you count the pensioners who were shoving themselves to the forefront, whacking a few people with their brollies! They maneuvered their handbags, swayed their hips, and then when they got to the front, they settled, as older people do, like a cushion thrown onto a chair! All squidgy and plump. No one else got a look in. This was their day, their Princess and nobody was going to stop them meeting her. We all looked across to the car. The air was electric. It was strange because I have met the Queen and Prince Philip her husband, and there was not this air of expectancy with them, Oh, people were excited to meet the Queen, of course, but It was more of a party atmosphere. But not here, not with Diana, We seemed to be holding our breaths, as though something magical was about to happen. And then it did. A leg emerged from the back of the car, a shoe, shiny and silver stepped onto the tarmac. And then there she was. We all breathed out, you could hear the sigh. The reverence was like being in a Cathedral, we gazed at this amazing young women with something like awe. I don't know why, and I don't know what it was that made it so special. She had her head down, just like you saw in the pictures, and she had the famous shy smile, as she looked under her lashes at the bodyguard. Thanking him, she turned and walked straight towards me. I looked at her as she walked towards us. The one thing that I remember the most was that she was so tall. She looked like a proper fairy princess, and as she held her hand out to me, I looked at her smiling face, reached forward, and feeling somewhat stunned, I shook her hand.

 

Outside the box.

For that few seconds that we held each others hands in a shake, I looked into her eyes. This women was a million miles away from my lifestyle, and a billion times ahead of me in status. But as we shook hands, I realised that under any other circumstances, we could have been friends. I am not being dramatic, I mean as were the same age, well, one year's difference, She was just a normal girl. This might sound strange, but after seeing the other Royals on TV, and in person, they always had this air of 'Royal' about them. They were a cut above us, and don't you forget it. But Diana was different. She almost seemed apologetic for dragging us out in the cold. I heard her keep saying, 'sorry, are you warm enough?' to the older people, and 'Don't worry, you can go home in a moment, and have a lovely cup of tea'. That's what made her different. She was normal and sweet. The people loved her, you could see it on their faces. She could have been any one of us, caught up in a bizarre and strange situation, led and manipulated into a loveless marriage. After walking around talking and shaking hands, Diana turned towards the hospital, and started to walk towards the door.

But then a dramatic moment happened.

 

The caring Princess

There was a sudden commotion to my right, and through the crowd I could see someone on the floor. The crowds starting clustering around the heap of clothing that seemed to be laid out on the floor, from where I stood it looked liked someone had taken their clothes and thrown them on a pile in the street. Then the clothes moved slightly. Diana, who was by this time about to step inside the building, turned, realised that something bad was happening and ran straight towards the crowds, pushing through people and when she got to the barrier that had been placed around the building to keep the crowds back, bent down and tugged the ribbon out of the way. She then proceeded to run towards the fallen heap of clothes. By this time the security guards were going mad. Four rushed out of the building looking around with panic on their faces, the one who had been standing by the car, who had been watching Diana, like a hawk, ran madly towards her. This was a serious security breach on their part. It may be a sleepy town, but for Diana to dive into the crowds like this, put her in serious danger, and them in certain failure and obvious dismissal of their jobs.

The crowd parted, to see our Princess of Wales, kneeling on the floor,reaching down to help a pensioner who had collapsed. The crowd went silent. You could hear the irate breathing of the old man, and Diana's gentle voice saying, 'It will be alright, you will be fine' .for a second it seemed as though time itself had stopped. You know what I mean. The picture, that is a snapshot in your mind for ever. Diana, kneeling down to help an old man who had collapsed from a suspected heart attack because of the excitement. Then, time rushed back, and the security guard gently helped Diana to her feet. Nursing staff from inside the hospital rushed out and helped the man.

Diana was lead away back towards the door of the hospital, and, waving she went inside.

For a few moments, I stood and watched her go, seeing her look back at the man with a look of worry on her face. At that moment I was so proud of her. She never gave a thought to her safety. She never gave a thought to the fact that this could have been a ploy to get to her. She just wanted to help the old man. That was the first and last time I saw our Diana Princess of Wales, live. As I started to walk away, I thought how lovely she was. And my thoughts at that time were for the old man.

The next day it was all over the front page of the newspapers. It shouldn't have been, it was just a small local do, but because of the startling events of the day, she had the picture flashed all around the world.

 

The day the lights went out.

I cried when she died. I cried buckets. I remembered the day, a few years before, when I saw her with the old man. I couldn't get the picture out of my mind. I watched the scenes on TV, over and over again. The car, the tunnel, Dodi, the french police, the reporters, camera's flashing, lights screaming bright overhead. The sounds of the crowd, and the commentators. Even then, at the back of my mind, I knew something was wrong. The picture was all wrong. No way, no accident. When I analysed it more closely, the fact that she was made to wait in the foyer of the hotel in France for the car to come around to the door, the car that flashed and clipped her car, and disappeared never to be found, and the fact that she was taken into an ambulance and less than an hour later, preserved from the waist down in formaldehyde, I knew. This innocent girl who was one of the people, had been murdered.

 

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      Nell Rose 7 months ago from England

      Thanks Karen, yes she was lovely! I just remember her being so tall! lol! thanks so much for reading.

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      Karen Hellier 7 months ago from Georgia

      What a wonderful story about your meeting Princess Diana. She has always been one of my heroes too, although I was never fortunate enough to meet her. I cried on the day she died as well. And I am from the US and had never met her. I loved what a good mom she was to her boys. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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      mandy 3 years ago

      I love Princess Diana I cried when I read this it's sooooooo beautiful. Thanks for sharing the story.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      She was extremely beautiful and charming. People all over the world loved and admired here. But fate took her life so early and that is a tragic story too. You have written well. Congrats!

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      Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

      Diana was loved and admired all over the world. "The good die young" is for a reason. So much more is learned and appreciated after they die. Her death painted a gloomy day, but her shy smile and kindly manner will live in the hearts of people for many years to come.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Linda! lol!

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      shara63 4 years ago

      @Huntgoddess: so sorry about richmond , of couse dear we are human linked together and so we are moved by these happenings ..as Nell says-links of history takes us to that point of feelings that no words but tear remains and that says everything...Diana is darling to everyone & she will be so for ever ..thankyou for feeling my own feelings through my words..God Bless you dear !

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I am so sorry to hear that, Huntgoddess, so sad and so young. I think at times like these when we have something that reminds us through links of history something sad like your sons friend it can connect to Diana through the birth of the new Prince, ah connections can be heartbreaking, take care and thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Huntgoddess 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Nell, I tried to amend my post (above), but apparently it didn't "take"? Not sure why it didn't --- tech issues?

      I just wanted to add these words from George Alexander's illustrious ancestor Richmond, Henry VII (as imagined by William Shakespeare, in his play, Richard III). The end of Richard III, is the beginning of the Tudor dynasty:

      "Let them not live to taste this land's increase

      That would with treason wound this fair land's peace!

      Now civil wounds are stopp'd, peace lives again:

      That she may long live here, God say amen!"

      (Of course, Shakespeare was not above a little Public Relations work on behalf of Elizabeth I, who was the granddaughter of Henry VII. Elizabeth was monarch during most of Shakespeare's life, and apparently a patron of "The Chamberlain's Men", Shakespeare's company --- later renamed "The King's Men".)

      PS: Like you, I have always believed Diana was murdered.

      PPS: This is also sad for me, because the young man who played Richmond when I first saw the play, committed suicide a few years later, while away at college. He would have been twenty-two a few days later, but he took his own life. He was a friend of my son, who played Buckingham in the play.

      He was an incredible Richmond. I don't think any performance could touch his Richmond. So, now I'm crying even more :-( Hope I don't get kicked out of the library :-)

      We are all connected. We're all human beings.

      God bless.

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      Huntgoddess 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Dear Nell, I was about to post here, regarding Diana's dear little, new grandson, but I see Shara has already done a better job than I would have.

      I'm starting to cry (here at the library!) from Shara's beautiful post. It's very touching. Thanks so much, Shara: " . . . through smiles in the heaven with all love and Blessings for her darling grandson!"

      Yes, so true.

      Amen!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Klidstone, she just said hello and thanks for coming to see her, she added that she hoped we hadn't been waiting long, then she moved on! loved it! lol! thanks!

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 4 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Oh Nell, how lucky of you to have met her! Do you remember what she said to you by chance?

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks so much shara.

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      shara63 4 years ago

      I don’t think in the current affairs anything is more important than the arrival of ‘the latest baby Royale’ …the Royal Successor, the heir of the throne and the future King of England for the arrival of whom the world had been waiting for months. Birth of the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is not only the reason for celebration to the royal family, not only people of England but the whole world is happy , celebrating this festive occasion becoz the child is so special for he is related to their beloved Princess Diana, the Princess of Hearts …Yes, she dwells in the hearts of people .. her magificient personality, her huministic behaviour, her smiles are still a treasure in the hearts of millions and at this precious hour of immence pleasure we can feel her through smiles in the heaven with all love and Blessings for her darling grandson ! Long Live Baby Prince !!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks so much michelle, yes Diana would be so proud, nell

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I am sure Diana would be ecstatic to know about her new grandson. Thanks for sharing, Nell, and I share this again.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks KD, yes it really was an honor, and something I will never forget, thank you, nell

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      To this day, I still cannot believe she died. Thank you, Nell, for another heart touching and great hub. I can't help but imagine what the world would be like if she was still around...I have to say, it must have been an honor to shake her hand.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Deborah, I doubt we will ever know, the one thing is with me is that I don't believe in conspiracy theories, but in this case I totally believe that something happened out of the ordinary, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi sandra, thanks so much for reading, and its always nice to hear from you, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi moonlake, yes the way she acted with her children was so lovely, totally natural and not royal at all, such a shame, thanks nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi midget, yes indeed, can you imagine them both together? that would have been amazing! thank you, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi tills, thanks so much, yes it was a bit of a shock! lol! I would have dressed up a bit if I had known she was there! thank you for reading, and your lovely words, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Christine, yes she certainly was, thank you so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Lord, yes I agree, I do still feel that something did happen, but we will never ever find out, it would have been lovely to see what she would have been like today, thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Cyndi, I know just what you mean, I just couldn't believe it when I saw it on the news, I just broke down and cried, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi ignugent, she was so lovely, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Daisy, yes it was such an honor, she was so tall! I remember that about her more than anything. I remember looking down at her shoes! lol! expecting her to have high heels on, and she had flats! she towered above me, but her smile was so sweet, thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Linda, thanks so much, yes I still remember her so well, I have the picture in my head, leaning across to shake her hand, amazing stuff, I wonder how the boys are taking it? sorry it took me so long to answer, been a strange few days! lol!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      What a great story about the day you met her. I wonder if we will ever learn the truth about how she died. RIP, Princess Diana.

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      Sandra Busby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Beautiful memory and lovely hub, Nell Rose. As always, I enjoy your work. Thanks.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I always remember seeing her look down into children's faces. She loved children. Has it been 15 years seems like just yesterday. Great hub vote up.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A great meeting you had, Nell. Diana was a great lady..sadly gone before her time. Yes, agree with Linda....Kate missed out on a great mum-in-law!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I can't believe it took me two years to find this wonderful hub. Your writing is so witty and it touches the heart. I can imagine you riding along whistling when what to your wondering eyes should appear...what a lovely a memorable meeting you had!

      Its hard to imagine she's gone 15 years! A true lady and more royal than all the "Royals".

      I voted this everything but funny...your usual humor and wit shines through but this isn't a funny hub, its just lovely. I'm sharing with my followers though it looks like everyone's already read this ;)

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      Beautiful! She truly was the "People's Princess." She was loved all over the world.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      She was like an angel. Unsolved deaths are prone to speculations and this one is no exception. The mystery will live through centuries, like when they Killed President Kennedy. Actually today is her 15th anniversary's departure. She would've been a charming 51 years old Royal Princess. Great to know you really shook her hands.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      My thoughts of Princess Diana were reinforced by your story. Thank you so much for sharing what you saw of her compassion. I know you will always treasure that. It was funny that the day she was killed, I was watching Evita and the sadness of that movie and the sadness of Diana's death (princesses don't die) made the evening very sad.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Nell Rose,

      This is really a beautifull hub. I remember during the times that women wants to have her hair style. It is really wonderful to be able to see her radiance. Very glad that you shared your memorable experiences.

      Voted up and more.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nell,

      Princess Diana was a beautiful person inside and out. What an honor it was for you to have shaken her hand.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      It's hard to believe that 15 years ago today (8/31) we lost Princess Di. She'll forever remain alive in our hearts. You lucky, lucky lady for having met her.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      lol! Camilla the Hun! brilliant! yes it would have been great to see Diana with Kate, that would have been something, thanks again.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I also wonder that especially during Williams wedding. Kate missed out on having the pleasure of one wonderful mom-in-law. Poor girl has to deal with Camilla the Hun.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Linda, lol! thanks so much, yes It was a privilege and an honor, and I cried buckets when she died, such a horrible thing to happen to her, I wonder what she would be like today? thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi mary, it was amazing! all the rushing around with the bodyguards, everybody just staring at her in awe, the atmosphere was something I will never forget, and then she leaned over and shook my hand! I felt the tingle all over my body, I was so excited! no other royal has really interested me like she did, I think it was because we were about the same age, and she was so shy and sweet, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Alicia, yes that was her true legacy and she has definitely passed it to her children they are so laid back and lovely, I would love to know what she would have been like today, such a shame, thanks for reading, nell

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I will always be envious that you met Princess Di and I rarely feel the green eyed monster. You lucky, lucky lady to have met one of the finest ladies to have graced our planet. Well, depending on which planet you are from.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Oh, Nell Rose, how excited you must have been! Diana was one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. I love the way she ducked her head down and gave that shy smile. She was adorable. I remember well where I was when we got the news she was dead. We were on vacation in Costa Rica having just a gay old time. The news really made me sad.

      I voted this Hub UP etc.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Lovely hub. I see alot of Diana's qualities in Kate. And I think that's why Prince William chose her. Not to sound like they are mirror images of each other but you can see the parallels.

      I would only hope that all celebrities had the candor and charity she had, that is her true legacy and I'm glad she passed it to her children.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi sirgeov, thanks so much, yes she was lovely, and it was a real pleasure meeting her, nell

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      sirgeov 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Nell Rose,

      No wonder you got those interview about this book. It is a good story of yours indeed.

      Only few people who have experienced this amazing past.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi remaniki, thanks so much, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Oh, what a lovely princess she was both in the face and at heart! No one can ever forget her. Thanks very much Nell for sharing such a beautiful story.

      Cheers

      Rema

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi shara, thanks for reading, I don't think we will ever know what exactly happened, but it was such a shame, she was so lovely, thanks!

      Hi Eliza, yes exactly, it was such a sad day, I remember it so well. And she was such a good ambassador for this country, her sons have turned out so well, hope you liked the jubilee? thanks again, nell

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      Lisa McKnight 5 years ago from London

      Not sure about the murder theory, don't think the royals are like that. However, I did cry buckets like you when she died Nell, and the best way to preserve her memory is to always remember the kindness she showed and the love she demonstrated to the people. She is loved. xx

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      Farhat 5 years ago from Delhi

      congrats Nell Rose for showing guts to tell the truth to the world...Diana the real princes lives in our heart and she will be there for ever...we know the truth of her ill fate & no media or agency can hide the fact that it was not an accident but a murder by the foes of love!

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      LOL ~~ Yes, that was bad timing :-)) That happens to me a lot, also. {sigh}

      Oh, well --- at least she knows you care, right?

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      I put it down to bad timing! lol! I only went round to see her for a few minutes before going down the town! lol!

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      LOL ;-) Oh, I see. That's nice that you were there for her at least, right?

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Huntgoddess, lol! don't worry, knowing her it will all be over tomorrow, she is the queen of drama! I am not even sure if her husband had done anything really, but we have to make out we are sympathetic! lol!

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Yes, that's true, Nell --- not to joke about your friend's misfortune. It's horrible. So sorry.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Huntgoddess, I tend to write about something that grabs me that day, like my latest one. They say write about what you know, and believe me I know when someone is crying all over me! lol!

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Oh, yes, I see. That makes sense. You do have to balance it out. I also love history, especially if it's written in a nice, lively way --- as you write it.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Huntgoddess, I may just do that. At the moment I am trying to be a bit more 'modern' with my hubs, but you know me, can't keep away from the history! lol!

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Hey, cool, Nell. Maybe you can write a Hub about her --- if you get around to it? I'd be glad to know more about her, as well. She is mentioned many times in Richard III.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Huntgoddess, I must admit I had never heard of her before, I will have to go and look her up, I hate missing out on a piece of history! thanks again, nell

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Ok, thanks so much, Nell. It's my fault.

      No problem. I didn't check back until right now anyway. I appreciate it so much. Thanks for checking out DP's Hub, and commenting.

      You know --- one character who fascinates me the most -- - Jane Shore. She was the mistress of Edward IV, and Shakespeare mentions her a lot in Richard III. She's one of the five people in the book reviewed by Docta Phreak. Her real name was Elizabeth Lambert. Apparently the royals were much indebted to her merchant dad?

      Take care, dear Nell, and thanks again.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Huntgoddess, I have deleted it, sorry it took so long I have been out all day. thanks for coming back again, I will go and check him out, thanks!

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Nell, so sorry --- his Hub name is "Docta Phreak". Weird name, I know. Could you please delete my above comment. It has his real name in it. I'll re-do it. I'm sorry. I wasn't thinking about that. His one Hub is still there.

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Hi, Nell. You are really getting a lot of traffic and comments on this Hub. Good! You deserve it --- and so does Diana.

      Yes, it was really complicated. Most of what I know is from Shakespeare's history plays, but he course he didn't necessarily strive for accuracy. Elizabeth I may not have wanted too much accuracy.

      My son's name is Robert Walter. I think he used his real name, but not sure if his account is still active. He has neglected it for so long. I'll let you know.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi sen, You have said it exactly, Diana will always be special, even now over ten years later. She was certainly caught up in the Royal politics, and I believe she shouldn't have married into the royal family. They are a good family, but she was so different, and shy, thanks so much for reading, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi ishwaryaa, I met her back in the 90s when she opened the local hospital wing, she was lovely, friendly and very tall! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Nell, as always you pull something startling out of life and make that into a captivating story. The story of the 'Only Twentieth century princess' is something very close to everybody's heart, no matter which country he/she belongs. The most fairytale royal wedding the modern world had/could ever see- with the most beautiful princess-bride, her chariot which was like Cinderella's - and the story associated too, of a relatively simple girl turned overnight into the most powerful and charismatic symbol of royalty! We hear that Prince Charles was considered handsome by most aspiring women. We have an incident where a less known young starlet of Bollywood had kissed him and rose to immediate fame for having done so. I guess the love story of Charles and Diana was just a misjudged marriage like so many other couples and definitely they were very different sorts of people; but maybe their tragedy was accentuated being laced with the royal intrigues and politics. Even in her untimely and horrific death she won an upper-hand over Charles by stealing the show and continuing to be 'The Princess Diana'. Poor Charles will never have the courage to call on any other woman to that seat of honor.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      WOW! You met the late Princess Diana! I too am very fond of her - she was very beautiful and compassionate in nature. So sad she died young! How she look when you met her? Which year you met her? Thank you for sharing your experience with the People's Princess with us!

      Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Huntgoddess, whats your sons name? I will go and take a look, that part of history was so complicated. Henry wanted the throne to be in the tudors hands, the plantaganets insisted they were entitled to it, and it was also the time of the Princes in the tower, which was just as complicated! too much for my brain! lol!

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Hi, Nell. Yes, it's strange that Di should get involved with someone like that. She must have just been mixed up and lonely, don't you think? (Who hasn't made a similar mistake?)

      Yes, it's difficult to keep up with those Plantaganets. I certainly gave up a long time ago LOL. Just kidding --- I always love to learn more. My son has written a Hub that has something to do with the Wars of the Roses, I think. It's his one and only Hub :-( He has been way too busy with school to write more. I can't put a link here, of course. It's a book review.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Huntgoddess, lol! I have seen him on various programs over the years and he gets more creepy every time! I think I have the Plantaganet thing right, its so complicated though with all the different people involved and such, but you never know one of these days! haha!

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      O, dear. Yes, he does sound like a creep. So sorry. It doesn't matter HOW good-looking a guy is with that attitude, right? Poor Diana! She must have been very lonely.

      Oh, now I see --- about the Plantaganets. Did not know all that. See? You should write Hub about it.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Huntgoddess, Mr Hewitt is a bit of a high class snob, his famous saying is Ding Dong! whenever he sees a girl he likes, bit to posh for me! haha! Yes the Plantaganets were the direct line from Richard the lion heart, which were French, and the Tudors which were English, so the Tudors won the day!

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I'm sure they would pick you if you applied. I know what you mean, though --- busy, busy. I'd hate to have a commitment like that.

      What's funny about Mr. Hewitt? Does he have a title or something? Well, he's very good-looking, is all I meant. LOL

      Yes, you're reminding me now. 'Twas the Yorks and the Lancasters, right? They were Plantaganets --- but fighting each other? The white rose and the red rose, but I don't know which was which. Then, Henry VII --- Richmond? --- defeated Richard III at the battle of Bosworth --- year 1313? He was Elizabeth I grandpa, right? And a Tudor.

      That's about all I know, and I learned most of it from my son and granddaughter --- because they were in Richard III. I'd like to know more --- but it took me, like, two years to learn all that LOL :-)) Don't want to tax the "little grey cells". :-)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Huntgoddess, lol! not sure about that! the Apprenticship program is great, but I am so busy at the moment and I believe they pick you for it if you apply, so they may not pick me! Mr Hewitt! lol!

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      LOL, yes, me, too. You're right --- I forgot about the Plantaganets.

      So -- now you have a great topic for a new hub, also, right? I do wish I could be as prolific as you, but --- just too many distractions right now. I was just reading about that Hubpages Apprenticeship program. That sounds like it might work for you, perhaps? Check it out.

      I'd like to try, but it's too much of a commitment for me right now.

      Yes, twinkle, twinkle, LOL -- Mr. Hewitt, I mean :-))

      Take care, dear Nell.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Huntgoddess, yes he certainly has that twinkle in his eye! lol! To be honest I can't remember about the War of the Roses, I think it was the Plantaganets and the Tudors, thats one of those blank bits in my history, better get researching otherwise I will drive myself mad trying to figure it out! thanks again, nell

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Also, wasn't that the whole reason for the Wars of the Roses? Tudor v York? Or, am I mixed up? It's difficult to keep up with these royals.

      I know they have a whole website, but . . . still, very difficult.

      Our Shakespeare organization put a whole big chart on the wall once. I still couldn't quite grasp it all. And, I do love genealogy.

      I noticed some websites and journalists say it's an "urban legend" that he's the son of Hewitt. But, well --- what else would they say, right? I never knew anything about this until just now.

      Well, that Hewitt is certainly a very nice-looking man, isn't he?

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Huntgoddess, I think they would never do a DNA test on him, I believe they think he is a genuine royal, and have swept it under the carpet so to speak! lol! or maybe we are wrong, and he really is charles, but he certainly looks like James to me! King lear does have an illegitimate son in the play I do believe, but I haven't seen it for years, must get back and start swotting up on my Shakespeare! lol! thanks for coming back, nell

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Hi, Nell. Sorry to take so long to respond.

      That's amazing. I never heard anything of that. I'll go to that Google search right now. Wouldn't DNA clear the whole thing up, though? I guess somebody would have to request it?

      It's weird, because there has already been so much of that in history. My son and granddaughter were both in Shakespeare's Richard III. Then, there was an "illegitimate" son in King Lear, also, right?

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi ThussaysNanaMarie, thanks for reading, it was a special day when I met Diana, and as you said such a shock. That was nice that you signed her condolence register. It must have been a mad day being among all those crowds, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      ThussaysNanaMarie 5 years ago from In my oyster

      Ahh what a nice story. You lucky girl! I wish I was you. I have met Princess Anne but it was not earth shattering. I think she was a remarkable woman.

      I too was shaken by her death like so many others and I just had to sign her condolence book in St James' Palace because she was lying in state there.

      We may never know the truth. Some time in a hundred years a fairy tale story will be told to children of the Queen of Hearts. The truth will be known then.

      I signed her condolence register as

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, it was a big thing back when Harry was born. Evidently Diana was seeing someone else, but nobody really knows the dates of her dating this man. When Harry was born he looked, and still does look like this man! we will never know, just go to google and put in Prince Harry and James hewitt! okay? thanks again

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      :-) Thanks, Nell.

      Are you guys suggesting that Prince Charles is not the biological father of Harry? Hmmmm, oh, well . . I never even really noticed either of them so much --- not since they were first born, really, and she brought them home from the hospital. (Yes, I know - - - way behind the times, lol.)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Huntgoddess, you are so sweet. That sounds great! I will have to come over and take a look, thanks again, nell

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Okay, glad you got the angelica Hub back.

      I actually started up a whole new You Tube folder for the videos about the Queen's Jubilee --- all inspired by the wonderful videos you have on your Hub about that topic.

      Very nice work, Nell. You are such a great person!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Sally, it was such a special day. And totally unexpected. I got there just in time to see her turn up in the car, the great thing was I got the best place in the crowd! She came over to our side first and it was just amazing. I think thats why I still feel for her even today, and wonder what she would be like now, its so sad. Thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a beautiful reminiscence of your meeting Diana. I love how you told your story. I always felt she was just a human being like the rest of us, but never had the chance to touch her hand or see her caring for someone imminently in need. I echo Sunshine...you Lucky Lady! :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Bobbi, it was such a tragedy. I remember that day really well, I just couldn't believe it. There was so many strange things going on that day. I am sure that both the Princes really miss her. Especially when William got engaged, I remember him saying that was why he gave Kate the ring belonging to Diana, so that he would feel she was with him. The rest of the Royals I don't feel anything for, apart from the Queen who is a hard worker, and I think that is why to this day the royals try and be more open to the public. It certainly taught them a lesson that the public wanted more warmth from them. The days of the stiff upper lip royalty has gone thank goodness! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

      What a wonderful experience for your Nell Rose, she was the “People’s Princess” all Americans whom I know loved her.

      She was such a kind and loving person, and she loved her boys, and they loved her. I am sorry for them not having her now in their lives.

      Yes, I cried when she died that ghastly death, and it seemed just when she was really in love---she dies.

      I do not care for Charles, or his mother; because I believe he and his mother caused her unhappiness which the world could see.

      Bobbi

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      lol! its scary just how much he does look like, um, daddy! But of course that idea was thrown out years ago, but I tend to read between the lines! But who knows? thanks again

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      Yes, I get your meaning, he looks precisely like Prince Charles :P (James Hewitt's good looks aside).

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Jason thanks for coming back. Yes William is so much like his mother. I remember when his so called friends made a derogatory remark about Kates mum, something along the lines of, she is just an air stewardess, 'close the doors haha'. Nasty little snobs! they tried every which way to get rid of Kate because she wasn't good enough, and for a while it worked, but William soon realised that he loved her and went back to her. The snobbery around William was tremendous and a lesser man would have listened to them, but not William. I think he has made a good choice, and remember they have been together for over 8 years. And of course his brother Harry is popular too. He looks very much like his father!! If you get my meaning! if not let me know! lol!

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      I don't make it a habit of leaving multiple comments on someone else's writing, but I agree with you wholeheartedly. William has already displayed Diana's sensibilities, and Katherine will likely be more disciplined and business-like (meaning British causes will be addressed). You have a future world-changer in William, ceremonial position or not.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Jason, that's it exactly. She had the class to carry it off, but she was such a caring person, and that is what made the people love her. She certainly made a difference, and her son William is a credit too her considering he is right in the middle of the royals. I don't think Katherine will have so much love as Diana, but who knows? maybe she will be really popular one day. Thanks for reading, cheers nell