MY NAME IS MARY, I'M A 40 YEAR OLD AMERICAN WOMAN. I REMEMBER WHEN PRINCESS DIANA GOT MARRIED. I WAS 13 YEARS OLD, AND I REMEMBER WHERE I WAS WHEN I HEARD SHE DIED. I WAS ON VACATION, ON MY WAY BACK HOME FROM VIRGINIA. I TOOK A NAP AFTER DINNER IN OUR MOTEL ROOM. WHEN I WOKE UP, CNN WAS ON TV AND THEY WERE TALKING TO TOM CRUISE. I SAW THE MANGLED MERCEDES IN THE TUNNEL. I WOKE MY HUSBAND UP AND SAID: "SOMEBODY FAMOUS MUST HAVE DIED." THEN THE ANNOUNCER SAID IT WAS PRINCESS DIANA AND SHE WAS 'GRAVELY IMJURED'. I WORK IN A HOSPITAL, SO I KNEW THAT WASN'T GOOD. LATER I HEARD SHE HAD DIED. I WATCHED HER FUNERAL ON TV JUST AS I HAD WATCHED HER WEDDING, AND I CRIED. I DON'T NORMALL CRY OVER FAMOUS PEOPLE DYING, BUT I REALLY LIKED HER. I KNOW SHE HAD A ROUGH CHILDHOOD BECAUSE OF HER PARENT'S NASTY DIVORCE. I KNOW SHE MARRIED PRINCE CHARLES AND HAD JUST FOUND OUT HE WAS IN LOVE WITH CAMILLA. I FELT SORRY FOR HER, BUT ALSO ADMIRED HER FOR HER MOTHERING ABILITIES AND HER FEISTINESS. I FELT SO BAD FOR HER BOYS, BUT THEY HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE FINE YOUNG MEN, A CREDIT TO THEIR MOTHER AND FATHER. I DON'T THINK BADLY OF PRINCE CHARLES AS I USED TO. I THINK HE WAS KIND OF FORCED INTO A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE TO A BEAUTIFUL, NAIVE YOUNG VIRGIN WHOSE JOB IT WAS TO GIVE HIM HEIRS. I THINK SHE THOUGHT HE WOULD LOVE HER AND ONLY HER, BUT HE WAS ALREADY IN LOVE WITH CAMILLA. I THINK HE COULD HAVE LOVED DIANA AS HE SHOULD HAVE IF NOT FOR THAT. DIANA JUST WANTED TO BE LOVED, AND AFTER ALL SHE WENT THROUGH AS A CHILD SHE WASN'T EQUIPPED TO COPE WITH HER HUSBAND NOT LOVING HER AND ONLY HER TOTALLY. MOST WOMEN WANT TO BE 'TOP DOG', WHICH IS TO BE EXPECTED. I THINK THAT IS WHAT CAUSED HER TO LASH OUT AND GO FOR OTHER MEN. SHE WAS LOOKING FOR LOVE ANYWHERE SHE COULD GET IT. ANYWAY, THOSE ARE MY THOUGHTS. SHE DIED YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL AND THAT IS HOW SHE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED BY ME AND ALL WHO LOVED HER. M GANNON.

Sent by Mary Gannon on 07/24/2008