We heard the echoes of shots that reverberated in America and around the world.
We mingled with criminals, leaders, protesters, artists and athletes, many who forever changed their professions.
The power of the emotion — and the frenzy whipped up by the tabloid newspapers — all but forced Queen Elizabeth to break with centuries of tradition and protocol and make a public address to the nation. Men, women and children lined the streets and wept as Diana’s coffin went by.
Diana is nearly as vivid a figure in death as in life.
Diana was emotional, fragile, needy, anorexic, bulimic; Charles came from the stiff-upper-lip school of interpersonal relations and had a longtime (married) girlfriend, Camilla Parker-Bowles. They died together in a high-speed chase in Paris, fleeing from paparazzi pursuing them in cars and motorcycles after a date.
Britain went into deep shock, wondering aloud whether it had helped cause Diana’s death by not appreciating her enough in life.
She lives on in her sons, William and Harry, who have talked in recent years about her effect on them.