Princess Diana's "sense of fun" and "zest for life" remembered by friends and family on 21st death anniversary
Diana's friend Rosa Monckton tweeted a candid pic of the princess with the caption: "Diana as I remember her. Not enough is written about her sense of fun and zest for life"
Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997, in a horrific car accident in Paris. Twenty one years later, the People's Princess was fondly remembered by family and friends, with the Kengsington Palace touchingly leaving the day without any engagement for Prince Harry and Prince William, so that they could spend the day with their wives and wider families.
Her friend too remembered, her despite her tragic end, not as a tragic figure but as someone with a "zest for life." To commemorate the anniversary of her death, one of her close friends shared a candid picture of the departed princess, paying tribute to the wonderful person she was, in her true, natural demeanour when the cameras weren't pointed at her.
On Friday, August 31, Diana's friend, Rosa Monckton tweeted the photo of her, alongside the caption: "Diana as I remember her. Not enough is written about her sense of fun and zest for life. Friend and wonderful godmother to Domenica. RIP." The photo shows the late princess laughing freely, clad in a pair of sweatpants, inside what looks like a plane. Monckton and Diana had been reportedly introduced to each other by a mutual friend. Monckton adored the princess so much, that she even named her the godmother of her daughter, Domenica, who was born with Down Syndrome, as People magazine reports.
Diana as I remember her. Not enough is written about her sense of fun and zest for life. Friend and wonderful godmother to Domenica. RIP pic.twitter.com/WP49dNDeEu— Rosa Monckton (@MoncktonR) August 31, 2018
“She said, ‘You just have to believe in her,’" Monckton recalled Diana telling her after the birth of Domenica in 1995, reported People. “She said, ‘Believe in her, love her and I’ll be there every step of the way.’ She already had that vision of what Domenica could become, which I simply couldn’t see.”
She also went on to speak about Diana's spirit and her unconditional support, saying: "[Diana] was a huge encouragement. She came with me to appointments. She was very much by my side.”
As per Monckton, Diana was the inspiration behind her creating a charity called "Team Domenica", in her daughter's honor. "Domenica was Princess Diana’s last godchild, and Rosa passionately promotes the late Princess’s belief that 'everybody needs to be valued and everyone has the potential to give something back,'" the charity explains on its website.
The organization's motive is to help children with special needs, and as shared on their website, "Our vision is for people with learning disabilities to be valued in the workplace, to reach their full potential and feel included as members of society."
Diana died on August 31, 1997, in a car crash in Paris. She was with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, and their driver at the time. Just the year before that, she and Prince Charles had got officially divorced after four years of separation. Yet, all this time later, Diana still continues to impact and inspire a large mass of people all over the globe, and her chief of staff and private secretary from 1988 until 1996 - Patrick Jephson - isn't surprised about it one bit.
Speaking of the person she was and the impact she had on the planet, Jephson told Fox News: “Diana continues to be the lens in which we view pretty much everything to do with the Windsors. Maybe one of the reasons she is still so alive in our memories and so much part of the contemporary royal scene is that she’s like a reference point… She humanizes the royal family, the crown. Diana does it better than anyone else.”