Princess Diana was the “People’s Princess,” but to her close circle, she was a dear friend who provided immense support and endless joy. So on the 21st anniversary of Diana’s death, one of her closest friends, Rosa Monckton, remembered the princess she knew with a rare and presumably unseen photo of the late royal.
Monckton took to Twitter last week to share a candid snap of Princess Diana. “Diana as I remember her. Not enough is written about her sense of fun and zest for life. Friend and wonderful godmother to Domenica. RIP,” Monckton tweeted, sharing a photo of a laughing Diana in sweatpants and sweatshirt, sitting in what appears to be a plane.
Diana as I remember her. Not enough is written about her sense of fun and zest for life. Friend and wonderful godmother to Domenica. RIP pic.twitter.com/WP49dNDeEu— Rosa Monckton (@MoncktonR) August 31, 2018
Monckton was a close friend and confidante to the late Princess of Wales. Diana was also the godmother to Monckton’s daughter, Domenica, who was born with Down syndrome in 1995. Diana would provide the ultimate support to Monckton and her daughter, attending medical appointments with them and remaining by their sides through troubling times.
Speaking to People in 2016, Monckton said, “[Diana] said, ‘Believe in her, love her, and I’ll be there every step of the way.’ She already had that vision of what Domenica could become, which I simply couldn’t see.” It’s believed that Monckton — a British jewelry executive — and Diana met through a mutual friend. Their bond was so close that Diana went on to help Monckton through the tragic loss of her child.
During a Sunday Night interview with Melissa Doyle, Monckton revealed that the princess helped her bury her stillborn daughter on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Monckton, inspired by her daughter Domenica, set up the charity Team Domenica to help young adults with learning disabilities gain experience to break into the workplace.
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