Date posted: January 9th 2012
"I would like to wish Catherine a very Happy Birthday! I am so overjoyed that Catherine and Wills are married.
I always knew you, Catherine, were the absolute perfect choice for him even when initially other voices were scathing
and judgemental of you in a manner which at times must have been extremely hard for you to bear. However you
grinned and you bore it, impressing everyone and none more so than Wills himself. I said on my site that during your
separation, he'd be a fool to lose you and I am so happy he saw sense and won his rightful lady back.
I'm so proud of you Catherine knowing how daunting it is for an outsider to enter into the Royal Family but you
have done so remarkably easily and of course you and Wills having married for love makes all the difference as you can
and do rely upon each other for emotional support and encouragment. I want to say that it is lovely for his Mummy to
see her eldest boy smile again from his heart . Catherine, it is all I could have ever wished to be witnessing happening,
thank you for being such an amazing healer for him, a good listener and comforter, qualities which I know he so
personally appreciates having found in you.
We'd have got along so well Catherine, Cancerians and Caprcorns do, and I am so glad that you are proving
yourself to being a "People's Princess" both in the country and abroad where you certainly have proved very popular,
as of course has Wills. I am also very pleased to see that you have agreed to support to date four organisations, two as
Patron; "Action on Addiction" and the "National Portrait Gallery" where no doubt soon you will have your own on
display and "East Anglia's Children's Hospices" and "The Art Room" as Royal Patron. Everyone remembers how I
involved myself helping people with addiction problems as well as of course my personal involvement with hospices
and naturally children were always very special to me. I therefore feel you have chosen wisely and I am sure that you
will find the challenges amazingly personally rewarding and I am fully confident will prove yourself in being a much
loved Patron to any causes that you decide to officially support! "
With lots of love from a very sincerely grateful,
A lovely tribute video to Catherine for her birthday:
Sidenote: When William gave Catherine Diana's engagement ring it was a sign of things to come. Catherine now
often wears a pair of beautiful sapphire and diamond earrings which match the famous engagement ring perfectly
and with good reason: they were Diana's favourite pair of earrings. Catherine has had them remodelled from studs
into drop earrings. It is fascinating to see how a timeless piece like this can be passed down and still look in vogue!
Date posted: 02/15/12
I am just amazed seeing today whilst William her husband is 8,000 miles away in the Falklands on a training
excercise, that in Liverpool; Catherine is proving to being a solo act to applaud ! H.R.H. The Duchess of Cambridge first
attending a centre for recovering addicts of both drugs and alcohol and later a central hospital in the city. The
television footage clearly showing the Catherine is very much a "People's Princess" seen greeting crowds of people who
had queued in the cold temperatures to greet her and bending down to be on level with children and hugging them.
William will be so proud of her as I am, the lady is proving in her own right to being a real credit to the Royals !"
With love from,
Date Posted: 01/21/12
DIANA'S LAST INTERVIEW:
Le Monde: The Princess With A Big Heart
This time Princess Diana was the hostess. That role fitted her well. It gave her gestures, an extra grace, and placed
flashes of joy and a bust of boldness in her royal-blue-eyed gaze. Yes, the princess would see me at 11:00 a.m
sharp, the fax specified, and if not for that cab driver who drove me straight to a hotel with the same name as
Kensington Palace, the princess's residence, I would have been on time.
Le Monde journalist Annick Cojean
The princess didn't impose the punctuality of a queen who counted her seconds and withdrew her smile as if she
were taking off a hat. The princess was at home, relaxed, independent. It was probably the only place where she
didn't risk being targeted by camera zooms. She was wearing a short, sleeveless dress, matching her eyes, unless
they were reflecting its color. She wore a necklace of large pearls, high heels and a quite assurance demonstrated by
her smile and her friendly way of proffering her hand. Above all, she seemed free, and her simplicity was a nice
surprise coming from someone whom protocol dictates should be addressed as "Ma'am."
But, after all, she had accepted the idea of an interview focused on a photograph of her. The idea entranced her, she
replied upon receipt of the letter of request. She was ready to play the game. As for the choice of photos, there was
an embarrassment of riches. She was certainly the world's most photographed person. Since each shot of her was
reprinted a thousand times, we decided to make an exception to the rule and to let her pick from a selection we
Diana led us to a private reception room on the second floor, a warm, feminine room decorated in pastels and beiges,
with a few pieces of antique furniture and comfortable armchairs and, everywhere possible, wood and silver framed
photos. They were mostly of her two sons, William and Harry, and also of her two sisters and brother, and her late
father, Earl Spencer. It seemed that the princess had drawers full of pictures. But it was our selection that interested
her immediately - no stolen, private or intimate shots, but known pictures of the public personality that reinforced the
legend of the warmhearted princess focusing on a social problem or a humanitarian cause.
Diana looked at them one at a time, giving a spirited account of each: where, when, with whom. "I pay a great deal of
attention to people, and I remember them," she said. "Every meeting, every visit is special."
She passed in review a children's hospital, a shelter for the homeless, a jobless centre, an AIDS research lab, a
battered women's hospice, a leprosarium tent in Zimbabwe, a nutrition camp in Nepal. Then Diana stopped at a
photocopy of the picture that was taken in 1996 in Pakistan. "That little boy died," she said, staring fixedly at the
image. "I had a foreboding before taking him in my arms. I remember his face, his pain, his voice. This photo is very
special to me."
She put it aside on the sofa and continued to look somewhat distractedly through the other pictures. She laughed out
loud occasionally over some that caught her being too formal. But she returned to the picture of the child. "If I have to
pick one out, without any hesitation, it's this one," she said. What was there to explain? It was neither self-flattery nor
calculation. The photograph moved her "because it's genuine." That was all.
Surrounded by the relatives of other little patients, the princess felt she was playing her proper role, in harmony, in
sympathy, in communion with the group that day of February 1996. Her feelings were not posed. Her
contemplativeness was deep. The heartbeats of the little boy were, she said, at that moment, the most important
thing. She would have liked to communicate to him her strength, her good health, her love. How do you depict a
princess at work? The photo showed a human experience, not an official duty.
"It's really a private moment in a public event, a private emotion that a photo turns into public behavior. It's a curious
coming together of things. Still, if I had the choice, it's in that kind of surrounding, where I feel perfectly in harmony,
that I prefer to be photographed."
Private, public, where's the distinction? The princess created confusion by shattering the borderline between the two
spheres, by introducing privacy into the public space. She put feeling and emotion into her official duties and
obligations. There was no defensive outer armor. The commitment was sincere and she put her best into it.
It was also risky. The public had felt it from the start, under the spell of her compassion and her identification with
common people. The Establishment, the politicians and princes of appearance were far less appreciative. In a flash,
the princess revealed their coldness, their distance, their cynicism. Look at her gestures with the Bosnian
grandmother she took to her bosom, with a young man afflicted with AIDS whose hand she held between hers so
long, with the little one-legged Angolan child that sat on her lap. She kissed, caressed, embraced.
"Yes, I do touch. I believe that everyone needs that, whatever their age. when you put your hand on a friendly face,
you make contact right away; you communicate warmth, show that you're close by. It's a gesture that comes to me
naturally from the heart. It's not premeditated." She didn't play Lady Bountiful, didn't care about protocol, ignored the
officials, rejected anything that might have been humiliating for the people she visited.
Her enthusiasm had raised many Royal Family eyebrows. The Lady Di style was laid back, especially when it became
clear that beyond projecting a more modern image, it reflected a new relationship with people. The young woman had
to hold herself back, and she sometimes had doubts about her role. "From the first day I joined that family, nothing
could be done naturally any more."
The public gradually gave her self-confidence. It was the ill, the children, the excluded whom she visited with
unprecedented diligence who persuaded her that she had the right approach and a gift for human contact. And it was
from the public that she drew a force and almost a raison d'être in the difficult moments.
"I feel close to people, whoever they are. We're immediately at the same level on the same wavelength. That's why I
upset certain circles. It's because I'm much closer to the people at the bottom than the people at the top, and the
latter won't forgive me for it. I have a real feeling of closeness with the most humble people. My father always taught
me to treat everyone as an equal. I've always done so, and I'm sure that Harry and William will follow in my footsteps."
There were values over which the mother of the next king would not compromise. She was a determined young
woman, a 36 year old princess who didn't yet know what course her personal life would take but who wanted to
maintain her commitment, no matter what. "Being constantly in the public eye gives me a special responsibility,
particularly that of using the impact of photographs to transmit a message, to sensitize the world to an important
cause, to defend certain values."
As an ambassador? As a prestigious representative? "If I must define my role, I'd rather use the word 'messenger.'"
Her official obligations ended with her divorce and her initiatives became the ones she chose herself. There, again,
she showed her independence. "Nobody can dictate my conduct. I work on instinct. It's my best adviser."
Her campaigns against landmines, against AIDS, for cancer research, for lepers were her priorities. The photo
showing her holding the hands of lepers did more to demystify the illness than all the press campaigns of the past 20
years. But at the cost of so much controversy, humiliation and talk? "Every single time," she sighed.
When she visited a shelter for the homeless, she was accused of endorsing the Tory government. When, in the early
1980's, she made a tender gesture to an AIDS patient, certain Conservatives saw it as a culpable indulgence for
immorality. Her spontaneous contacts with Untouchables in India made the Old Empire Loyalists choke with rage.
When she visited a hospital founded by Imran Khan, the husband of her friend Jemima, the press took up the
scandalized accusations of Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto that Diana was helping a political opponent.
When she attended a heart transplant in an African hospital, she was accused of indecent coquettery. The papers
homed in on a close up of her wearing a surgical mask. "The press is ferocious," she said. "It pardons nothing. It
looks only for mistakes. Every intention is twisted, every gesture criticized. I think things are different abroad. I'm
greeted with kindness. I'm accepted as I am, without prejudices, without watching for every faux pas. In Britain, it's the
other way round. And I think that in my place, any sane person would have left long ago. But I can't. I have my sons to
The most striking incident was probably her trip to Angola earlier this year. The princess had planned for a long time
the visit organized by the Red Cross to call attention to the tragedy of the 70,000 landmine victims in the country and
support the world campaign to ban them. She was seen spending hours listening to young people mutilated by mines,
to doctors, to mine clearers. She was photographed wearing protective gear to cross mine fields and watch defusing
operations. But it was London that set off the headlines, and the polemics got the spotlight once again. Tory circles
went wild, the British Foreign Office lurked in the shadows. "A loose cannon," shot an aristocratic member of
Parliament. "A totally ill-advised and unrealistic utopian," said another parliamentarian. "Misinformed," said a news
announcer, making a dubious comparison to Brigitte Bardot. The subject is much too complicated for her little bird's
Rarely had the criticisms reached such a pitch. Misogyny had never been expressed with such force. The
government maintained official silence, but its anxiety was clear, given its insistence that certain types of mines are
"effective and necessary for our armed services."
Diana was deeply hurt. But the Tory campaign forced the press to focus on Angola. "The polemics ruined a day's
work, but it multiplied the press coverage," she said. So she did not hide her joy over the immediate decision of the
new Labor government to join the countries favoring a ban on landmines. "Its position on the subject was always
clear. It's going to do tremendous work. Its predecessor was so hopeless. I hope we manage to persuade the United
States to sign the treaty ban in Ottawa this December."
For her, it was a long-range commitment. She didn't play politics but "humanitarianism." She intended to follow up,
regardless of the nettles she might have encountered. "Over the years, I had to learn to ignore criticism. But the irony
is that it gave me strength that I was far from thinking I had. That doesn't mean it didn't hurt me. To the contrary. But
that gave me the strength I needed to continue along the path I had chosen."
Diana proved that she would no longer be intimidated, that the paparazzi didn't govern her life, and that she was
staying on course. "It all comes down to sincerity," she said, as in the photo in Lahore. "You can't do anything good
that you don't feel in your heart." "Nothing gives me greater happiness than trying to help the weakest in this society.
It's a goal and, from now on, an essential part of my life. It's a sort of destiny. I will run to anyone who calls to me in
distress, wherever it is," she said.
Reference: Le Monde Magazine, written by Annick Cojean. Released in 27 August 1997.
Date posted: 02/19-/12
" Hello Everyone!
As people know I have always been an admirer of Catherine-- knowing the lady was the perfect wife for William.
Yesterday, Valentines Day, in proof of this (with William 8000 miles away for six weeks on a Military training
excercise in the Falkland Islands though she did receive a card from him that morning) Catherine undertook her first
solo pubilc engagement in Liverpool, England. Catherine, as everyone can see by these pictures, took to the job like a
duck to water. Wills will I am sure be so proud of her as I am!
I have to say " Remind you of someone ? " ... Catherine is clearly a people person, very much a " People's Duchess".
Some might say is she trying to be me and the answer to that is no, not at all! Catherine has her own style and were she
phony in any way children particularly would certainly pick up on that and not warm to her in the way they so clearly
do and Catherine already proving that she is a crowd puller in her own right. People waiting for hours in the freezing
temperatures to greet her as first she visited an alcohol-free bar run by the Action for Addiction Charity which she is
patron of and recovering addicts of drug and alcoholic abuse who have formed a choir then performed for her.
Catherine then later met children at Alder Hey Children's Hospital including a little girl suffering from leukemia in
the city which provides free accommodation for visiting families! Four year old Paige Hearn presented Catherine with a
photograph of herself watching the royal wedding on television last year.
Congratulations Catherine, you are indeed a powerful asset to the Royals and the perfect wife for William!
With love from, Diana xx