What a charming young prince! Obviously, Diana was a wonderful influence on her young son, and I commend Prince Charles for carrying on that role. Keep smiling, boys, your mother is very proud!
Jo Fitton, Paso Robles, Calif.
Shame, shame! Are you prepared to make William into his mother so quickly? Can't you just count all the money you made on the magazines featuring Diana on the cover and leave her son out of it? I only hope other PEOPLE readers have done what I did with this issue: not buy it.
Noelle Barnes, via e-mail
You might as well go ahead and reserve an issue for the Most Beautiful Man—for Prince William. It may take five, 10 or 15 years, but I can assure you that his lovely face and attitude will win the award eventually. What an all-around gem.
Rowanne Robertson, Morehead City, N.C.
I'm not a rocket scientist, but it seems clear as day that this boy wants to be left alone! PEOPLE, read between your own lines; he does not like the "glare of the public spotlight." Let him have the privacy he deserves.
Lauren Sackler, Boston
When Princess Diana died, I remember the media stating they would not do to her sons what they did to her. I was appalled when I saw Prince William on your cover. Haven't the media done enough to destroy this family? There is so much celebrity news out there that your magazine will run forever. Why not take a stand and show some compassion and leave the royal children alone?
Maria Thulin, Las Vegas
While I was delighted to read of the many sides of Prince William, I was slightly nauseous looking at photos of Prince Charles and how "happy" he is while parading his handsome sons to the various social events. If Charles had been so attentive to his sons and wife while she was alive, and had kept his royal pants where they belonged, Diana might also have been at their side.
Pat Mullanix, Hamilton City, Calif.
It's about time I read an article on Prince William that tells me how he and his brother, Prince Harry, are doing. It's a relief not to hear about the Spencer family battles and, most definitely, about Prince Charles's mistress. I hope William had a happy birthday, all things considered, and I was glad to hear he spent the day in private with his family and "chums" in Scotland. It's nice to hear that Charles is spending so much time with his sons at such an important time in their lives. Finally, he's being the father they need.
Carrie Cabral, Petaluma, Calif.
Thanks for putting such a heartthrob on the cover! Prince William is absolutely gorgeous. He has all his mother's good qualities. Why aren't there more guys like him?
Jacke Kestler, via e-mail
It was very refreshing to read about Lisa Whelchel's life now. In these days, when children are sent to day care and babysitters, Lisa and her husband are setting a perfect example for future parents.
Sharon A. Holleran, Pittsburgh
It seems that Lisa Whelchel has certainly learned the facts of life and applied them. Congratulations, Lisa!
Christine Probasco, Alamogordo, N.Mex.
What an example Lisa Whelchel is. She is proof that not all child actors wind up in rehab or prison. She really seems to have her priorities and morals in order. Having had a crush on her years ago, I am glad to see that she is still a beautiful person, both inside and out.
D. Miller, Oswego, Ill.
If any of the men pictured in your Style Watch section think that their newly blond styles look good, they are sadly mistaken. If being "in style" means I have to dye my hair blond, then I will just remain hopelessly style-challenged. And, by the way, Jason Priestley and Sean Lennon, lose the glasses!
John Ball, Bellevue, Ohio
The first memory I have of using the word "beautiful" was to describe the wondrous, ethereal Maureen O'Sullivan as she appeared in six Tarzan films. Although it's been nearly 40 years since the first moment I saw her, as I grew up she continued to be the ideal against which all other actresses were measured. Few came close to matching her as a true screen beauty. She will be missed.
Rick Herron, Malakoff, Texas
What a terrifying event happened to the Cosby family, and what a total encouragement it is that during the lowest and saddest times of their lives they are able to reach out and help others. It speaks incredibly highly of Bill and his family that they were able to do so many remarkable things regardless of their pain and suffering. Hopefully they realize how many people are keeping them in their prayers.
Taea Thale, Olympia, Wash.
I always felt sorry for Macaulay Culkin, since he seemed so alone, but I could never imagine getting married at 17. I'm 15, and in two years I'm planning on graduating high school. I wouldn't be ready to take on the responsibilities that come with marriage. Macaulay and Rachel are barely adults! Didn't these kids' parents object to their having such a serious relationship in high school?
Nicole Chubb, San Jose, Calif.
What a wonderful thing that Rachel and Macaulay were able to recognize their feelings for each other and wed in such a dignified way, with their respective families' support. Most people in our prudish society can't express their feelings no matter what age they are. Way to go, Mr. and Mrs. Culkin!
Sarah Lynn Mitchell, San Anselmo, Calif.
Doesn't the name of the school these two go to really say it all—Professional Children's School. They are children, and they go get married, and one of their friends says they're soulmates. I'd like to start a nationwide pool on just how long these "soulmates" last. Probably just long enough for them to reach adulthood? Get real.
J. A. Goodwin, Culver City, Calif.
I had to brush away tears after reading the story about Thomas Rollerson's wish-granting charity work. This is a man who can truly show us not only how to love and care about others, but also that angels exist.
Nancy Oliver, Endwell, N.Y.
Hats off to people like Thomas Rollerson! In the face of his own loss, he chose to turn it around and do something positive. While children with terminal illnesses are surely deserving of having a final wish fulfilled, so are adults. I was disturbed to read that Mr. Rollerson's partner was denied a measly videocassette because he was "too old"! Is there an address where I can send a donation to help Mr. Rollerson with his cause?
Gail Shem-Lee, Martinez, Calif.
Donations may be sent to: Dalmatian Dreams, 621 Chapala Street, Suite B, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93101 —ED.
Picks and Pans
As a former president of the Writers Guild of America, I will hold my fury in check and simply demand that you show in some immediate way the fairness and decency that is due screenwriter Scott Frank for his brilliant screenplay of Out of Sight. Critic Leah Rozen is beyond redemption for omitting any mention of his name in her review. In this way, she betrays not only Scott Frank but all other screenwriters. She is a total outrage.
Ernest Lehman, Los Angeles
Tony Newman states that Phil and Brynn Hartman would still be alive if there hadn't been a gun in the house. Oh, I see, she couldn't have grabbed a hammer and hit him in he head or grabbed a knife from the kitchen and plunged it in his heart? When someone is as distraught as she obviously was, that person will use anything. As for her killing herself, there are other ways to do it than with a gun. To say they would still be alive if there hadn't been a gun is ludicrous.
Lisa Cardwell, Mission Hills, Calif.