By People Staff
October 13, 1997 12:00 PM


What an elegant tribute to Princess Diana. While other publications and news organizations continue to speculate on everything from the crash in Paris to the future of the monarchy, your issue touched on what I see as the heart of the issue: two boys’ loss of their beloved mother. Princes William and Harry are in my thoughts all the time.


How sad that Diana, who lived such a lonely and harassed life, had to be laid to rest on a private island apart from the rest of her ancestors just so she could find everlasting peace and privacy.

TRACIE SWENKE, Ketchum, Idaho

I am one of the few people who never read a word about Diana the 43 times she was on your cover. I often spoke negatively about PEOPLE for being so obsessed with the princess. Since her death, I have read each and every word written about Princess Diana. I now understand the obsession with this remarkable, compassionate and giving woman.

MARY K. WHITE, Plantsville, Conn.

I was bitterly disappointed with the photograph you chose for your cover. An in-your-face photo of grieving children makes you no better than a glorified tabloid. PEOPLE should continue to maintain its reputation of rising above such tactics.

KATHY HALL, Pine Mountain, Calif.

Charles Spencer’s diatribe against the Windsors—for that is what it seemed to be rather than a eulogy for his sister—basically told William and Harry that if you loved your mother, you’ve got to hate your father. Prince Charles and his family undoubtedly treated Diana shabbily, but it doesn’t help to have the boys’ remaining parent publicly excoriated. Far from being “brave,” Spencer’s eulogy was selfserving, petulant and downright tacky. Proof once again that real “class” has nothing to do with social status.

J. RUSSELL, Arlington, Va.

Your writer Charles Leerhsen, who had many negative things to say about Princess Diana’s brother, just doesn’t get it. Any woman on earth would be extremely happy to have a brother defend her as he did.

DONNA MANWARREN Fountain Valley, Calif.

Thank you for telling us why Prince Charles had on a blue suit at Diana’s funeral. I was horrified to see him in that suit and I cried all the harder to think he could be so disrespectful, which only increased my contempt for him. Then I read how he picked that suit because it was Diana’s favorite. I was immediately engulfed in waves of tears, in admiration and respect for him, as well as feeling ashamed at my hastiness to chastise him. It is a relief to know Diana’s two boys will be cared for by a father who actually does have a heart.


I have to wonder if it has occurred to Prince Charles that had he loved, respected and treated Diana like his wife, that one day they may have been the most loved and admired King and Queen in history.

CONNI SMITH, Grants Pass, Ore.


This month the world lost two wonderful, generous souls who devoted their lives to helping the poor and the desolate. Yet the media seems focused on only one—Princess Diana. However, it seems almost befitting of Mother Teresa. She lived her life away from the spotlight, always being overshadowed by others. And now, in her death, she has been overshadowed once again.

NIKKI BOBERG, Hanover, Ind.

As much as I loved and respected Princess Diana and mourn her loss, Mother Teresa deserved the same tribute this week that you awarded Diana last week—your cover.

RENATE E. AMMANN, Selinsgrove, Pa.


Christina Oxenberg is obviously suffering from a case of mistaken identity and has completely lost the capacity to differentiate fact from fiction (PEOPLE, Sept. 8). There is a photo of a small child posing with her mother that Christina claims as herself. That photo happens to be of me. My sister was born on Dec. 27, 1962, and did not yet have any hair in 1963!