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I was born in and lived the first half of my life in the UK. I think that Diana did a lot to raise Britain's profile in the world and there was a lot more she could and would have done. The true tragedy of her death was that she never got a chance to see her sons and family again or they her.

I think a lot of people including myself where in a state of shock when they heard the news. I don't think that it was an over reaction but more of a surprising one when you consider the scope of it.

I didn't think that so many people could feel so strongly about someone many of them had never even met. It was heartening to know that so many people can still care. I read some of the tributes people left at Kensington Palace and I think they expressed their true feelings about Diana and her death. I've witnessed things in my life but the death of Diana is one that I wish had never happened. Even though a year has passed the emotional pain that I feel when I think about about her hasn't diminished. I never actually met her even though she was in Sydney for the bicentennial celebrations. I think what remains to be said above all is that the world lost a good person that cared and perhaps should have been cared for a lot more.
Steven Griffin
Australia

A year has not diminished our fascination with Diana and the circumstances of her death. We all felt as though we had the right to claim her as our own. Only her family and close friends have that honour. It is also apparent that many people feel that they have the right to judge her for her actions and decisions. It is not our place as it was her life to live.

Having lost my mother under similar, though not so public circumstances, at age 12, my sympathies and thoughts are with William and Harry. Being princes and heirs to the throne of England does not lessen the pain they feel at the loss of their mother. It is a grief that they will carry their entire lives. Although she was a "People's Princess," a humanitarian and an activitst, her most cherished role was that of a "Mum." It is in that way that she should be remembered and respected.
Clare KC Brown, 34
Seattle, Washington

Diana hugged an AIDS victim; Diana campaigned for the banning of land mines - so what?

As a highly privileged millionaire with nothing better to do than decide when to throw up her next meal, that is the very least she should have been doing. Why is it that every day we have to listen to another faction extolling Diana's saintliness on the perceived behalf of the majority? Why are people so ready to put HER on a pedestal rather than asking why it is that she compares so favorably with the other Royals?!

The "reaction" to her death one year on is largely centred around the media's wish to salvage some semblance of credibility and objectivity that was so abysmally lacking 12 months ago.
Imraan Malik
Shrewsbury, UK

I will not remember much about Diana's death. I am far more likely to recall, if reminded of the event, that the aftermath served to show just how many hypocrites there are in the world. Would that those millions who openly mourned, wept and feigned sympathy cared just one tenth for their neighbour. Would we still be robbing, raping and murdering our neighbour? Would we still turn a blind eye to others peoples suffering? Would we still allow the wars, famines & injustices around the world to continue.

To all those who cried, why don't you care for the others who you never met who continue to suffer?
Danny Finn
Shrewsbury, UK

I am saddened that the BBC saw fit to commemorate the first anniversary of Diana's death with such "reserve". It wished to believe, I think, that in doing so it was once again reflecting the nation's mood, as it had done so powerfully one year ago.

I hope the BBC is very wrong in its judgement wrong. Because if it were not, it would truly make us a fickle nation: mourning with such passion one year and then almost silent a year later. One arts oriented programme at ten at night, the day before the actual anniversary, is I believe a sadly inadequate reflection of the nation's continuing feeling. I wish that they had observed that our grief was more sincere and more profound than that.

Yes, commemorate it with dignity. But what we have been offered is virtual silence. Poor show.
Eva Bingahm
Oxford, England

I am a proud British ex-patriot who has been living in California for the past 10 years and have always loved and admired Princess Diana. I have always kept a postcard with her picture on it on my desk at the office.
She was a wonderful representative of our country and I was so proud of her. As a divorcee and single mother - regardless of our differences in lifestyle and status - I felt an affinity with her.
Her death was so untimely and unfair and it devastated me. I sat in bed watching TV when the news hit and I cried into the morning. I still miss her.
She left me a legacy however, I have elected several charities that I donate to each month. I sponsor two children overseas and plan to sponsor two more. No matter how broke I am, how many bills come in, I always pay the charities first. I am so fulfilled when I make out the charity checks, lick the envelopes and put them in the mail.
I do this in remembrance of my dear Princess - this is the lesson she taught us. Her inner beauty was an example to us all. A brilliant light went out that night last year. It will be a long time before we see a light so bright again.
Pam Snipes
Sacramento, California

I couldn't believe it. Everyone could talk about nothing else for weeks. Intelligent people discussed it as though it was somehow important news. If you tried to inject some realism into the conversation you were treated like an idiot.
The whole nation went mad; and harping on about it again a year later only adds to the mass hysteria.
Dave Cross
London, England

I hated her and I'm glad she's dead.
Now I know you will censor this and unsubtly lose my contribution, but is there any more sense in my statement than if I'd said I loved her and that I was sad that she died? I cared as much for her as she did for me and as much as any rich celebrity cares for the ordinary people. Obviously not that much then!
The BBC and the normally serious media did a really bad job of calmly reporting events and keeping some sense of proportion. The death of the last Sloane Ranger, no matter how skinny or pretty, no matter how much "work" they had done for "charidee", should not be the lead news item on any day of the year.
Andy Barclay
Salford, Lancashire

In Tokyo they had special 1-page editions of the newspapers and TV programmes were rescheduled for 'Diana San specials'. On the day of the funeral the female TV presenters sat in lily-filled studios in black clothes and pearls and wept as all the channels showed live coverage.
Everywhere I went people asked if I was British and nodded sadly and said 'Oh yes, Diana San' terribly sympathetically.
It was an incredibly sad experience made more so by the collective beating of chests in the media.
She was a very special lady but I hope this anniversary will be the last to be treated in this way - with special websites and programmes and walks.
The indifference to the walk at the weekend seems to indicate that we are all ready to move on.
Hayley Smith
Tokyo, Japan

It seems to be that since Diana's unfortunate death the country has become very quite about discussing the Royal Families position within our constitution. It has therefore become Her Majesties saving grace, cant we now get on with it and discuss this subject without the fear of last year?
Barry Christe
Bristol, England

I think that Diana was very special person with so much love and compassion for others. Her death had changed me in so many ways. Now I can clearly see what she means to me. Her dead took a part of me. And I just can`t help telling that I feel as if I lost so close person. She was so pretty and genereous and I won't ever forget her.
Irena
Yugoslavia

Diana's death illustrated one big difference between the royal family and a soap opera: Life does not allow the royal family to change the script.

Like the rest of us they can do only what seems best at the time and are then stuck with the consequences. In this light the performances of the princess and her former husband as parents, divorcees etc. seem to stand up pretty well. No-one would choose to be a real-life single parent role model but that is what fate has given us.
John Logan
Worcester, England

I hadn't thought much one way or the other about Diana, Princess of Wales until her death. I guess I realized how important she was in the world when I heard the news of her death.

A friend of mine in the States called me at 7 AM on 31 August to tell me the news. It was like the entire world knew what had happened except for the UK.

I went to London the day after she died, and I was stunned and sickened by the horde of press already outside Buckingham Palace. Her death was transformed into a circus event.

I don't think I've changed because of the death of the Princess of Wales, and, unfortunately, I don't think the press has changed either. I am concerned that Diana will become this generation's answer to Marilyn Monroe or JFK. The person will get lost in the image and the hype.

The fact that the BBC even has this site just shows that Diana hasn't been laid to rest. She's become a media event!
Linda Carson
Newmarket, England

Diana was born to wealth, privilege, and a parents' marriage that failed. Had she married some member of the aristocracy, we would have never heard much about her. The fact that she married the heir to the British throne thrust her (literally) from the nursery into the relentless eye of the world's media.

A Greek tragedy? Would she have married Dodi al-Fayed? Would her appeal have declined as the years went by, and would the paparazzi have moved on to the next blonde with long legs? It seems almost as if the cult of sainthood has descended on her. Only the week before she died, the media were criticising her for her relationship with al-Fayed. As a saint, she is literally preserved in aspic.

She was a human being, not a plaster saint.
Niall McGuinness
Galway, Ireland



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