Princess Diana

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One year ago, the death of a princess brought an entire world to tears. The wounds are slowly healing and the grief is less painful. What remains are the lessons that can be learned from a phenomenon that few can entirely forget. At the time it was a mystery. A divorced member of the royal family of a medium-sized European nation dies in a banal car accident in Paris, and for a week the sun, moon and stars are knocked off their appointed tracks. Within days, Europe suffers a shortage of cut flowers as tens of thousands of bouquets are laid before the house of the victim. Demand for newsprint soars; the funeral, watched live on television throughout the world, attracts an audience of 1 billion.

A few years later, the mystery remains.
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97) Children were Diana's delight, she always wanted a little girl. When one little eight-year-old girl Danielle first met the princess, she had no idea of the identity of the special person who was to visit the Rose Ward of London's Royal Brampton Hospital, where she was lying ill with an irregular heartbeat. Danielle thought it was going to be Alan Shearer. It was, in fact, Diana, paying a private visit to the hospital to see a patient.

Diana visited Nepal to see for herself the type of fieldwork in which the Red Cross was involved. As well as her often-unnoticed help at British hospitals, Diana also famously helped the work of Mother Theresa of Calcutta and Imran Khan, the former Pakistani cricket hero, with his charity cancer hospital. ‘This world has few people like Diana,' Imran Khan said, ‘who work so devotedly for the well-being of the poor, deprived and down-trodden.' (2, page 103)

Diana's most recent campaign was against landmines, which really engaged her passion. How, she was asked, had she got involved in the first place? ‘A lot of information started landing on my desk about landmines, and I suppose the pictures were so horrific…that I felt perhaps if I could be part of a team to raise the profile around the world, it would help'. Film director Lord Attenborough was a vital link, too: ‘He invited me to the film premiere of In Love and War, which is raising money for the British Red Cross landmines appeal. So it seemed

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