THE SECRET DIANA INTERVIEWS
Enough is enough. I am a longtime reader of your magazine and have never complained before about Princess Diana coverage, as I was always interested in this fascinating woman. But it is time to let her rest in peace. Her works, grace and charm will never be forgotten. It is not necessary to keep rehashing the "dirt" in her life. You are sinking to a level I'd rather not see you head to. Time to let her go.
BONNIE LAWRENCE, via e-mail
Well, it's apparent that PEOPLE cannot keep a secret. Did it occur to you that the "never-before-revealed" interviews were just that for a reason? Shame on you for treating Diana with such disrespect.
M. BETH BARBER Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
So, just when the Palace is trying to rehab Prince Charles's image, along comes Andrew Morton with his new version of Diana: Her True Story. It's as if Diana had spoken from the grave. I'm delighted she managed to outfox the Windsors to leave this testimony of her real-life "fairy tale." But I pity her poor young sons who are left to grow up with such a family.
JAMIE TULLO-MALVIN, Burbank
As a "child of divorce" whose parents divorced when I was an adult, I have heard stories from both my parents that I never should have. Although I find Diana's revelations startling, the only person they serve is herself. She was clearly not thinking of William or Harry when she divulged information to Andrew Morton. Now her sons must live with a father who clearly harassed and tormented their mother. Perhaps the greatest lesson that Diana's life and death teaches each of us is that marriage is serious and not for giggly girls or moronic princes.
MICHELLE GALLACHER Niagara Falls, Ont.
The secret Diana interviews give us one more reason to mourn her death. Here's a woman who, despite an outward appearance of confidence and ease in her role, had very human struggles that we can all relate to. Reading Andrew Morton's notes, I felt like I was conversing with Diana like an old friend.
KlMBERLY BOHANNON, Hinckley, Ill.
As far as I'm concerned, Camilla and Charles deserve each other.
CHRISTINE WEATHERDON Oakville, Ont.
Your story about pet rescues on the ravaged island of Montserrat was heartening. God bless organizations such as the World Society for the Protection of Animals and others for such needed work. Even though I have been a part of many animal rescues in years past, I am ashamed to admit not once did I think about the abandoned animals left behind on this once-idyllic island.
JANE PARKS-MCKAY Santa Cruz, Calif.
I have been a PEOPLE subscriber for years and always find a story that touches my heart. However, the story about WSPA touched my very soul. There is so much sadness and pain in the world, and to find someone so unselfish as John Walsh, who gets fulfillment from rescuing helpless animals, makes me feel that maybe our world has a chance after all. Where can I send a donation to such a worthy cause?
DIANE MAIKUI, Whittier, Calif.
Donations may be sent to: WSPA, P.O. Box 190, Boston, Mass. 02130
I would be deeply remiss not to acknowledge the international effort put forth in WSPA's Disaster Aid Program for the animals of Montserrat. Among those deserving recognition are the Royal SPCA, who immediately responded to our request for staff and equipment; Karen Corbin and Dr. Radcliffe Robbins of the Antigua & Barbuda Humane Society; the Antigua Coast Guard, who, when all else failed, got our supplies to Montserrat and the animals off the island. A note of gratitude to the other animal protection organizations and pet supply companies whose donations enabled us to do more. Most of all, a special thanks to our members, who truly care about the welfare of animals everywhere. JOHN WALSH, International Projects
Get out! Women are wearing red lipstick?! Those crazy trendsetters. What will they think of next?
COLLEEN SEEBER-COMBS, Philadelphia
I would like to thank Nick Irons for helping raise money for multiple sclerosis. I watched my own mother fight this disease for 20 years. Five years ago I was diagnosed with the same cruel, crippling disease. I am hoping a cure is in the near future for all of us who suffer and deal with this situation on a daily basis. It's people like Nick who help make a difference to us all.
DEBBIE HAYES, Middletown, Ohio
PICKS AND PANS
Peter Ames Carlin's review of Bridges to Babylon makes me wonder whether he's ever listened to the Stones' work at all. The new CD has more verve, depth, clarity and continuity than anything they've done since 1978's Some Girls. I can't understand why critics want the Stones to fail. Just because the material sounds familiar doesn't make it bad. Of course it sounds familiar—it's the Stones!
C.L. PETTIT, Washington
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