An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO today, I was pulling into a parking spot at a convenience store on my way home from work when the news came on the radio — Diana, Princess of Wales, was dead, killed in a terrible car accident in Paris.
Anyone who was alive on Aug. 31, 1997 remembers where they were on that day, when the “people’s princess” was lost to the world. Her death almost destroyed the monarchy, just as her life — at least in the early days of her marriage to Prince Charles — reinvigorated it.
As the time approaches for Charles to become king, we can’t help but think about the way things might have been had Diana lived. Never mind the divorce and all the messy stuff that went along with it. What would have happened if she was still with us, at 61 years of age, for surely she would have continued to have a massive influence on our lives?
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.