Tuesday, June 12, 2012

PRINCESSES DIANA AND KATE


The frequent photos and articles about Princess Kate evoke memories Di. One can't help but compare the smiling, confident, gracious Kate with Di.

Diana's death was shocking, and the reaction of the world to her being gone still continues.

I was channel surfing, restlessly -- I clicked on a pleasant voice talking about Diana, and saw a clip of her talking at a conference about anorexia and bulimia.

Instantly, I was riveted. She was so truthful, believable, poised, gracious and focused on the audience after she was introduced, focused on the children -- it was a clip about Diana raising funds for various charities -- we saw her focused on whomever she was helping, with her presence -- helping to raise funds.

Truthful -- in every shot an unadorned truthfulness -- nothing that was artificial, exaggerated -- simple truthfulness.

The tribute continued and went into a photo history of Diana before she and Charles were officially engaged, then her wedding, her honeymoon days, and official visits the Princess made with her husband -- Charles, invariably remote -- Diana always reacting to what was being said or displayed, relating to the other people and the situation.

The power of truthfulness -- the power of a person -- girl, boy, man, woman, old or young -- a person just being what he/she is. She was civil, gracious, and understanding, remarkably sensitive and intelligent.

Kate Middleton, Britain's new Princess, is civil, gracious, graceful, very much there, on the moment at the moment. Still, I squint a bit, I study her, I don't quite believe her. Maybe because that's all I've seen -- poise -- and I sense that she is very aware of the camera, the eyes of the world on her, and she is behaving impeccably well -- the way a perfect princess ought to behave.

Kate hasn't been in our lives for many, many years. We haven't seen her age, or change very much -- she was just a bit thinner for a while, which made us wonder if she was dieting. With Prince William, she behaves perfectly, looks quite perfect, smiles, waves, acknowledges everyone around her, always perfectly, and yet -- I don't think we've ever, not yet, met the real woman.

I like her. the world likes Kate -- and yes, I sense that she knows that, and that's an element too, that makes me study her perhaps a little too critically. My Lord, what she took on -- a family, a husband, a whole lifetime of royal behavior and tradition. She's working at it wonderfully well. She is lovely and graceful and bringing popularity, perhaps, back to the royal family.

But ...
I think we miss Diana because wasn't always perfect. She was what she was.

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