July 22, 1996 12:00 PM

Though there were as many readers disgruntled by the presence of Prince William on the cover as there often are following an appearance there by his mom (PEOPLE, July 1), the young royal clearly has a devoted and growing cadre of female fans. A few even agreed with the reader who declared Wills “the hottest thing since Brad Pitt.” A good number of correspondents were also annoyed that, as one put it, “a lady who personified true royalty, Ella Fitzgerald,” was not our cover subject and got only a two-page story.

Now that you’ve squeezed every bit of news hype and smut out of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, I guess you’re starting on the children. Isn’t being a teenager, a member of royalty and the offspring of the most notorious marriage in the last 20 years enough to deal with? For goodness sake, leave the poor kid alone!

PATRICIA W. TAYLOR, Pensacola, Fla.

I would cancel my subscription today, but then I would miss the pleasure of reading all the letters blasting you for wasting yet another cover on a member of the royal family.


It is not only in his home country that Prince William is adored by teens. I am a 15-year-old living in the Midwest. I have been hunting through issues of PEOPLE in hopes of finding other pictures of Wills to add to my growing collection. Bravo on your article. His American fans think it was jolly good!


I want to tell you, there is one 13-year-old in the U.S. who thinks Prince William is better than Brad Pitt!



The death of an American icon, not to mention one of America’s musical treasures, certainly rated the cover of your magazine. I was very disappointed to see Britain’s heartthrob on the cover instead of Ella Fitzgerald. He’s only 14. She’s dead. Guess which one will have another shot at a PEOPLE cover in the future.

ANITA KENNEDY, Santa Rosa, Calif.

The First Lady of Song dies and her life is encapsulated in a measly one-page story. Prince William, a 14-year-old “teen idol,” gets the cover and six pages? I am thoroughly disgusted.

KELI HONSBERGER, San Rafael, Calif.

The jazz world loses one of its few remaining legends in Ella Fitzgerald and you put those damn royals on the cover again? From a magazine that printed an exposé called Hollywood Blackout just a few months ago, this slight to Ms. Fitzgerald and her legend certainly seems hypocritical.



More and more evidence points toward the importance of strong family support when battling illness. Equally important is the pursuit of funding for research, which may ultimately lead to a cure. I applaud Jason Alexander’s efforts. He not only takes time out of his busy schedule to provide personal support for his sister, but he also uses his celebrity status to increase awareness of [scleroderma] and to bring in much needed dollars for research.

JAY GREENSPAN, M.D., Philadelphia

Nineteen years ago I was diagnosed with scleroderma and given just seven years to live. Despite increasing chronic fatigue, pain and disfigurement caused by the disease, I spent the first few years after that diagnosis raising my family and searching for sources of healing. Just when I began to feel I was losing the battle, I joined a health club in hopes of at least regaining some of the strength I had lost. With the guidance of a trainer, I began to lift weights and undertook yet another change in diet. I’ve had a miraculous recovery. I have progressed from struggling to climb a flight of stairs to cycling 80 miles in an event to raise money for scleroderma. I am determined to ride 100 miles this September, and today I consider myself nearly symptom-free. To Karen Van Horn and all the people afflicted with this disease or other chronic ailments, I say never give up hope. Amazingly good things can and do happen.

LESLIE COGAN, Highland Park, Ill.

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