June 29, 1987 12:00 PM

Prince and Princess of Wales

Hooray! Finally an upbeat article about my favorite royals (PEOPLE, June 8). When they were married, Diana was barely out of her teens and needed to lean heavily upon her husband for guidance and support. Now, as a professional royal, she has the flair and confidence to go about on her own. She is a true ’80s woman. Any marriage counselor will tell you separate vacations are healthy. Charles and Diana together and separately are a hit.

Peggy Swayne

New York City

“Save the Wales”? Phooey. Let’s be practical here. He wanted a baby machine, and she wanted to be the next Queen. They both got what they wanted. What makes you think they are so unhappy?

Rae Elizabeth Waak

Manitowoc, Wis.

Walter Bagehot, a 19th-century social commentator, once said: “Royalty is to be reverenced, and if you begin to poke about it you cannot reverence it….In its mystery is its life. We must not let daylight in upon magic.” Why don’t we all stop poking into the “private” life of Charles and Diana and let them work out their differences without the added pressure of public opinion. This world needs the magic that their life inspires.

Carol Gorton

Solana Beach, Calif.

I’m sick and tired of reading about Di and Charles in every issue. Her main interests are publicity and how much money she can spend. Write about some nice Americans for a change.

Selma Brown

Herington, Kans.

I was deeply offended by Princess Diana’s suggestion that England’s gossipy newspapers will next accuse her of taking a lover “and maybe the lover will be black and Catholic.” Diana is clearly implying that while taking a lover is bad enough, a black and/or Catholic lover is just about as low as one can sink. It is scary to think that someone with Diana’s privileged upbringing and her influence could be so bigoted.

Mary Jane Royce

Upper Montclair, N.J.

How dare your magazine say that a divorce between the Prince and Princess is not impossible. Look at whom you are talking about—the future King and Queen of England. Of course it’s impossible. And how can you say the only things they have in common are a deep love for their children and a devotion to duty? Do your writers live with their Royal Highnesses at Kensington Palace? So the Prince and Princess were away from each other 35 nights out of 365. Big bloody deal. Give the woman credit. She has made more than 250 official appearances so far this year. Next time give us a happy article or none at all.

Steven S. Berg

New York City

Beulah Mae Donald

As a native of Mobile, Ala., I would like to thank you for your informative story concerning the murder of Michael Donald by the Ku Klux Klan. I hope your readers will realize from the outcome of the trial that the beliefs of the Klan are not prevalent in Alabama. It is my hope that the outcome of this incident is the beginning of the disintegration of the Klan.

Vance Holder

Gainesville, Fla.

As a mother of three sons, I shudder at the shock and the heartache Beulah Mae Donald must have felt when she viewed the body of her son hanging from a tree. I find it hard to get Michael’s image from my soul. I taught in Birmingham, Ala. in the early 1970s at Carver High School, which has an all-black student body and is in a depressed area. As a white, I very much appreciated the friendliness of the people there. My heart goes out to Mrs. Donald and her family. I greatly admire her tenacity in pursuing the Klan through civil court for damages. Strong mothers move heaven and hell for their children.

Mary I. Plummer

Concord, N.C.

I believe you showed an uncommon lapse of taste in your story on Beulah Donald and her son. The photograph of Michael Donald’s body was unnecessary. The story, the other photographs, and Mrs. Donald’s words were more than sufficient to convey the gross tragedy of the crime.

Carla Martin

San Jose, Calif.


As distressed as I am about SAT perfect scorer Daniel Thomas’ ability to see any humor in snuff films, I am more upset that you would display the insensitivity of publishing that information in the same issue where you write insightfully about Beulah Mae Donald’s fight against the Ku Klux Klan. Thomas’ female friends were right to be appalled at real deaths on screen. Such films are as brutal and inhumane as the lynching of Michael Donald. Clearly the SATs don’t measure sensitivity.

Leaf Seligman

Durham, N.H.

David Chandler

Your article on “A Second Chance at Life” brought me tears and remembrance. My husband and I went through the same experiences, only a heart was not found in time for him. Nothing was said of the tribulations the Chandlers will go through from now on. The expense of the medications ($10,000 to $15,000 per year) and the quarterly trips to St. Louis for heart biopsies (the only way to test for rejection). But my, wouldn’t it be worth it! Please encourage people to donate organs. They won’t need them in heaven.

Marilyn M. Chappell

Miamisburg, Ohio


As a mother of a 2-year-old, I was surprised to learn of Pia Zadora’s charming toilet-training ideas for daughter Kady. As soon as my son finishes with his Perrier, I too plan on rushing him into the restroom and plopping him down on the sink. I urge all other mommies to follow suit. Ah, but then where will Pia take poor Kady to wash her little hands? Dare I suggest the obvious?

Kristi Luke

Naperville, Ill.

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