Volume 91, Issue 20

Wednesday, October 1, 1997



England's rose

Re: The death of Princess Diana

To the Editor:
Princess Diana's untimely death on August 31, 1997 has created sadness and depression in the world because she was loved and admired by so many. A light that shined so brightly in the world had been shattered forever. She was just beginning to get her life back in order when she was tragically taken from the world. Her contributions to numerous charities demonstrates her overwhelming sense of generosity.

Now people have said that she was only doing this to look good, I don't believe one word of that. She was helping with many charities because she enjoyed it and she wanted provide support to those who were suffering like herself. Princess Diana's life had been plagued by tragedy from when she was six and her parents divorced. She married Prince Charles and thought she had now found happiness in her life.

She gave the country an heir to throne and gave her son, William, a younger brother in Harry. Prince Charles cheated with Camilla and sent Diana's life into turmoil again. She finally divorced him last year and found causes worth fighting for. She was stripped of Her Royal Highness by the Queen who was never fond of Diana. Diana kept her title of Princess of Wales.

Over the summer, Diana and Dodi were growing closer and it looked liked she would finally find happiness. However, the paparazzi ruined her life by pursuing her relentlessly. She never had the privacy she needed to live a happy life. Before she died, Diana said that she was going to retire from the spotlight altogether in November. The pursuit of Diana in Paris resulted in the fatal crash that killed her, Dodi and the driver who was legally drunk.

The driver should not have been allowed behind the wheel of the car that night and better security measures could have saved her life. This was, without a doubt, a senseless tragedy that could have been avoided had it not been for the paparazzi and their constant need for photographs of Diana.

The media made Diana, Princess of Wales, the most photographed celebrity in the world and ultimately their need for photographs resulted in her death. The paparazzi and other media outlets obsessed with Diana now have blood on their hands today because their obsession resulted in her senseless and untimely death. Diana, Princess of Wales, died at the age of 36 and at a time in her life when she was finding true happiness. She was the only person in Royal Family who was admired and respected by the world and the outpouring of grief demonstrates that.

To the people unsympathetic to her death, how would you react if that had been a member of your family or close friend? In fact, I think you better re-evaluate your morals if you weren't touched by her death.

In closing, I would like The Gazette to run this letter in one of their editions since they did not provide adequate coverage of this important story. Diana's death affected all including myself because when I learned of her death, I was very upset knowing that this tragedy could have been avoided and the paparazzi that pursued her relentlessly ultimately contributed to her death. Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961-1997, will forever be missed.

Jason Hutton
Political Science II

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