It was July of 1997. After losing screen legends Jimmy Stewart and Robert Mitchum in consecutive days, a fellow film buff and I were reminiscing about some of the classic performances from both actors. The conversation soon veered into other noteable stars and at one point, we pondered if there was one individual in the world that, should tragedy strike, would be mourned in each and every corner of the earth. Which person, be it political figure, movie star, musician, sports figure, etc…..would strike the deepest chord with the entire world if he/she were to suddenly pass?
The verdict between us was swift and – now chillingly – unanimous. Princess Diana.
Just over a month later, she was gone. And the shock felt around the world on August 31st, 1997, still resonates today.
Diana was universally loved for good reason. Her down-to-earth approach, the way that she connected with ordinary people, brought the royal family into what was soon to be the 21st century. She was compassionate, she inspired, and through endless humanitarian efforts, she cared. And that’s what touched the hearts of us all – Diana was one of the few who could bring hope to a world that really, really needs it.
Unfortunately, the high profile came with suffocating intrusion, leading to her untimely passing. I remember very well where I was when I heard the news of her death, as I’m sure many of you do as well.
Remembering Diana on this, the 20th anniversary of her passing, is Elton John’s emotional tribute from her funeral. Let’s remember England’s Rose today. ~ Jason