William and Harry’s friction is why so few people are invited to the opening of the Diana Memorial
Tomorrow, Princess Diana will be 60 years old, and I believe she will host the biggest party ever for her family and friends.
Instead, only a few of her close relatives, a sculptor, a landscape gardener and a photographer will watch the unveiling of this extraordinary woman statue.
I know we are in the final days of the pandemic, but over 40,000 people watched England beat Germany at Wembley on Tuesday night.
but They are limiting the number of people at the outdoor ceremony at Kensington Palace this afternoon To commemorate Diana, because of Covid. For me, this is not entirely correct.
If they wanted more people to attend the unveiling ceremony, they could have done it somehow.
Regrettably, the Queen, Prince Charles and other royal family members close to Diana could not be present.
I believe The constant friction between William and Harry The real reason is that too few people are invited. In many respects, I think this is unacceptable.
The unveiling ceremony will be held in the sunken garden where Harry and Meghan announced their engagement.
This is a large area. I believe they can still hold activities that keep their distance from the society, but allow more people to be there-including me.
I really want to go there again to take pictures of her. For 17 years, Diana Is part of my life.
Here are just some of my favorite photos I took of her.
I took the first news photo of Diana in 1980, which was the beginning of her relationship with Charles.
On that decisive day in August 1997, I filmed her coffin there. The coffin was covered by royal standards and was carried out from the back door of the Paris hospital where she died. I cried.
I reported on Diana’s engagement with Prince Charles, the incredible wedding, the birth of her two sons, and traveling the world with her.
It was a wonderful journey, but unfortunately it was shortened.
But I am lucky to know her, and I really want to see her statue there tomorrow to show the world.
I am older now, and my short-term memory is not very good. But I will never forget those good times with Diana.
Gosh, she is one of the most amazing women I know. She completely changed the way the royal family works.
Talk to anyone who has seen Diana, and they will always remember the way she looked at them, that smile, that beautiful face and that cute smirk.
She has no shortage of witty words and always responds to you quickly.
I remember I was waiting to take pictures of her in a new dress at La Scala in Milan, but she showed up in an old dress.
At a press conference a few days later, I asked her: “Why did you show up in that old dress?” She flashed by and said, “What do you want? I want to be naked?”
I replied, “Well, I will see it in the newspaper.” She just laughed.
She would say, “Do you like my Barnett, Arthur?” Or she would look down at her shoes and ask, “What do you think of my pie trotters?”
Catherine is really cute and always dresses so beautifully. But she is very introverted. She would never come to joke with us like Diana.
If I close my eyes, I can still hear Diana’s laughter the day she participated in the Harley School Sports Day Mothers game.
She smiled and went straight to the camera. All the mothers who competed with her were hysterical. They are so happy.
I remember small things, such as our whale watching in Patagonia and her touching the head of a right whale. You can never miss an engagement with her, because she always surprises you.
Once, in Melbourne, she walked in wearing an emerald necklace as a headband. Bosh! That is the picture.
Diana and Charles were on holiday in Mallorca because the prince broke his arm in a polo accident.
Charles was sitting on the yacht with a sling hanging from his arm, and Diana suddenly stood up. She is wearing a red bikini. She picked up an apple and began to eat it.
This is an amazing photo, everyone has forgotten the arm of poor Prince Charles.
But Princess Di is not just a beauty in a red swimsuit. Pity poured out from her.
There are signs that this will not be an ordinary statue of Diana, she is standing on her own.
I hope it can capture the princess’s love for children and the elderly, the sick, and those who have been hurt by life.
Diana’s treatment of patients is unique. She looks at them with her big eyes, rubs their foreheads, or holds the old man’s wrinkled hands.
When people tell their stories, she will not interrupt them, she will nod her head in sympathy. Diana gives people in need more time than others.
In less than a few minutes, she will make sick and tired people laugh and happy.
She may have the looks of Cindy Crawford and the sympathy of Mother Teresa, but Diana is also very brave. In January 1997, she went to Angola, where the bloody civil war had just ended.
There is no law and order in the streets—even the police ask you for bribes—but she went there to oppose the landmine movement.
Politicians criticized her for going But Diana didn’t care, she just continued to do what she thought was right.
Wearing slacks and a white shirt with a red cross, she visited a little girl lying in a hospital who was blown up by a landmine.
The poor boy was exposed from the waist down. Before I took the picture, Diana said, “Wait a minute.” She kindly covered her up to make her look decent.
Diana was almost crying. She held the girl’s bandaged arm and listened intently to the doctor’s explanation of the child’s condition.
My last photo of Diana is the best of the thousands of photos I have taken for her over the years.
This is a portrait taken during another landmine trip, this time to Bosnia shortly before her death.
What I hope most is that when William and Harry stand together later tomorrow, the memories of their extraordinary mother will flood.
They are the most beloved children of all time. She indulges them, it is a tragedy that they only have her for such a short time.
I hope they will remember the days when she took them to Niagara Falls on the Maid of the Mist boat trip, getting wet and laughing together.
Or when they wanted some horse chestnuts, Diana climbed up to a horse chestnut in Kensington Palace to get it herself.
Or that day she took Harry, a fanatical military fanatic, to Germany to visit one of her regiments.
The young prince dressed in uniform and went out on patrol in an armored personnel carrier.
My best hope is that if the unveiling of this amazing woman’s statue can bring anything, it is that Harry and William can resolve their differences in some way.