"Thirty-six years ago, Princess Diana was married to Prince Charles and for a brief while, love and hope seemed to have been ushered into the lives of everyone who wished them well. By the time of her tragic death, although having been Christened by Prime Minister Tony Blair, 'The People's Princess,' the one thing she'd craved all of her life was the one thing she never really knew; the lasting love of a soul mate and partner. She undoubtedly had the love of the public and brought love to many commoners because she always held herself no higher than them and during her presence with them, she touched them as a friend. She once phoned me and the biding memory on my part was a gentleness and fragility in her voice that could not be disguised.
In every friend, we find a second self, and our very first friend is our mum. Every parent should live their life, so when we think of fairness, love, sensitivity, caring and integrity, we think of a loving mum.
There is in the true acceptance of a genuine person, a touch of unqualified love that requires no words to know its meaning. It is a feeling so soft, that it produces a transfer of thought from mind to mind and look to look with the effortless of an innocent smile. It is most easily witnessed in the actions of the young; when the loving eyes of one innocent child look into the eyes of another innocent and see the smiling reflection of their love bounce back. This is the purest 'love of one's neighbour' the world is ever likely to know.
If only it could be bottled and transported to every war zone and place of unrest across the world, peace would reign forever more and heaven-here-on-earth would be in the making for all mankind.True love decrees that we be the first to hold out the hand of friendship to another in need. I'll never forget that Princess Diana was the first to give love and public handshakes to victims of Aids and to drink from their cup and make hospital visits to the lonely, sick and dying in the early hours of the day.
Despite having received an M.B.E from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in the 1990's, a large part of me has always remained a 'Republican', yet I would dearly have loved to have seen Princess Diana having one day become our 'Queen of Hearts.' The two sons whom she left behind have turned out as fine young men, which speaks volumes for the mother who brought them into the world and greatly influenced them. God rest her soul." William Forde: July 29th, 2017.