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Old 01-12-2017, 09:26 AM
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In her books, Diana's friend Simone Simmons gave a reason why Diana resigned almost all her patronages after she divorced

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She thought long and hard before she decided to cut back on her commitments. We talked about it on and off for months before I told her that a lot of charity money never gets to where it is supposed to go. She had no inkling of that, of course, being Diana, took it to heart. She asked all her charities for a summary of their accounts. When she discovered how much money was go on `administration', she got very upset. `Some of these charities are just cashing in on my name', she complained.
Reference: ``Diana -- The Last Word", by Simone Simmons and Ingrid Seward, 1 July 2005.
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:28 AM
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A sweet story

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The late Reverend Tony Lloyd was so moved by how much the congregation reflected the woman she had known. ``Diana had so much compassion for the important people as well as the little people and the funeral was an example of this. I sat next to the mother of a boy who was in the hospital at the same time as Prince Charles, and I said to this lady, `Did you know the princess?' She told me she didn't, but that the princess visited Prince Charles one night and then did the ward rounds. And she took the name and address of this boy and wrote to him every month until she died. Which was staggering.
Reference: Rosalind Coward, ``Diana: The Portrait", 30 Aug 2004.
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:46 AM
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Wow, I didn't know any of this. Thanks anbrida for the highlights.
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:05 AM
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No one suggest that Diana should take whole credits for the sign of the Ottawa Treaty. Actually it is ridiculous to suggest so, because I think Diana would feel shame about the final treaty. The neglect of the mine victim in the Treaty was evident. Such neglect had been mentioned particularly in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize lecture given by Rae McGrath on behalf of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines

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Anti-personnel mines do not only sever limbs, they can break the human spirit. We talk not of mine victims, but of survivors – but to survive such trauma requires support, encouragement and love. That responsibility must not be left to the survivors' family and friends, who are often struggling themselves against poverty and the damaging effects of conflict, but to a greater family – the human family. In most mine affected countries we, the international community, must offer more than the surgeon's knife and protheses as support to those who survive the blast of a landmine – in some countries even that basic level of care may not be available. This is not support – it is little more than first aid. In the same way as the Ottawa Treaty is only the first step towards a global ban, so protheses should be seen as the first stage in the support process for the victim of a mine blast. That is not the case today, and the reason for this lack of response is evident and shames us all – we simply do not care enough.

Make sure the victims would not be neglected was Diana's primal goal in this campaign. It's evident that she had strong determination to push strong language about rehabilitation of mine victims in the treaty. I really don't think Diana would be proud of the Ottawa Treaty, not to say take credit for it.
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