Where were you when Princess Diana died? I remember vividly where I was when I heard the news of Princess Diana’s tragic car crash that ended her life on August 31, 1997. I was at my parents’ home celebrating the Labor Day holiday. I was sitting around a campfire, laughing and enjoying the company of family and friends. I went into the house, likely for another round of drinks, and heard the television in the next room reporting the accident.
I remember standing there for a moment, not sure if I heard correctly, waiting for them to repeat the news. And they did-over and over and over for the next several days and even months. I went back out to the campfire and told my family what I had just heard. We were all in disbelief. How could a person so good and so caring be gone so suddenly?
The rest of the holiday weekend was spent watching news reports of the car accident in Paris that took the lives of Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, and chauffeur Henri Paul.
So here we are 13 years later, and we’re still talking about Princess Diana’s tragic death. Rumors still exist about whether she died at the scene or later at the hospital. Was she pregnant with Dodi Fayed’s baby? Were the paparazzi to blame for the accident? Was it murder? Was there a conspiracy?
Few celebrity deaths hold our attention for longer than a week, possibly a month. Then there are some individuals we cannot seem to let go of. Perhaps because their deaths are too painful to accept; lives cut short much too soon. A few that come to mind are John Kennedy, Elvis Presley and most recently Michael Jackson.
Most of us never knew Princess Diana personally, but because of the media coverage of her life and death, we feel like we have lost a close friend. Princesses are not supposed to die at 37 years old. They are supposed to marry the prince and live happily ever after.
As we approach the 13th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, on August 31, 2010, do not dwell on what we lost, celebrate what we gained while she was alive.
The Biography channel is airing Diana: Tragic Love – Biography multiple times around the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. It can be seen Monday, August 30, at 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, and Tuesday, Aug 31, at 4:00 am.
Additional coverage-some new videos, some archived from the years following Princess Diana’s death-is available online at , TV Guide , CNN and Time.
We may never know exactly what happened that fateful night, but we can remember Princess Diana for who she was: The People’s Princess. Watch the television coverage if you wish, or remember her quietly in your own thoughts.
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