It has been 20 years since the tragic death of Princess Diana. Her two sons have carried on her passion for giving and kept alive her reputation for working tirelessly on behalf of charitable causes. To quote the princess: “I think the biggest disease this world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month – I’m very happy to do that and I want to do that.” Twenty years later, this need has only grown larger and increased in its intensity.
Princess Diana had a sincere desire to help. Diana worked on behalf of those rejected by society: victims of HIV, AIDS, and leprosy. Her actions became a global game-changer. Not just for the moment as a gesture, she wanted the public to feel the same compassion she felt and eliminate the fear of victims of the disease. Diana’s work with The Halo Trust, the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organization, was crucial in getting the world’s attention to the horrific legacy of land mines and raising awareness of the charity’s work. She passed this compassion to her sons whom she wanted “…to have an understanding of people’s emotions, people’s insecurities, people’s distress and people’s hopes and dreams.”
Prince Harry and William have broken with royal tradition and participated in groundbreaking moments such as Prince Harry being tested for HIV in a live video broadcast on the royal family’s Facebook page; Prince William appearing on the cover of a gay publication after the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida; and Harry describing how he came close to a complete breakdown after his mother’s death. Prince Harry was quoted in “Attitude” magazine, July, 2016 as saying “No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason. You should be proud of the person you are, and you have nothing to be ashamed of.”
“Heads Together” is a charity spearheaded by William, Henry, and Kate promotes opening up conversations about mental health, in Diana’s image when she opened up about her struggle with postpartum depression and the effects it had on her and her admission that she was the first person in the royal family to be “openly tearful.” Kate is a patron of many charities that support mental health, including “Place2Be” which supports children in schools.
Diana’s mission was to help vulnerable people and raise awareness of what was once seen as “unfashionable” causes. Diana once said: “Carry out a random act of kindness with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. Two things stand like a stone. Kindness in another’s trouble, and courage in your own.”
Twenty years later, Diana’s words couldn’t have more significance for the world. If everyone dedicated their energy to helping just person or organization, the world could only become a better place. What do you think?