31st August 2017

Today, 31st August 2017, marks 20 years since the tragic death of Princess Diana. As ever, where the subject of Diana is concerned, the media have taken great interest.

An article in The Independent focuses on her humanitarian and charity work. In my opinion, her philanthropic side is what set her apart from other royals. Who can forget the moment she shook the hand of an AIDS patient? This was at a time when there was much hysteria and, arguably, little sympathy for what was termed ‘the gay plague’. Her simple kindness helped change the story about AIDS in an instant.

By contrast, The Daily Mail have published an article imagining what her future would’ve been if she had survived that horrific car crash. Amongst other things, it imagines a future where Diana blames herself for Dodi’s death, takes the Duchess of Cambridge under her wing, tries to reignite her romance with former lover Hasnat Khan, and has a huge scar down the side of her face.

Whilst we can never be certain, it’s very tempting to imagine what would’ve happened had Diana lived. For instance, what would she make of WHISC if she visited?

For a start, I’m sure her playful side would thoroughly enjoy the belly dancing that happens on Tuesday mornings. Then, in the afternoon, I’m sure she’d be up for the Acting Class and, after expending all that energy, I’m sure she’d really welcome the Back To Life Soul Spa.

Then there are all the exercise classes such as Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates she could attend to keep herself in shape. Or maybe she’d come for one of WHISC’s complementary therapies, such as Reiki, Hopi Ear Candles, or Ayurvedic Massage, to help relieve all that stress of being constantly in the public eye?

Speaking of which, maybe she’d find one of WHISC’s private sessions with a qualified counsellor of value? Or perhaps attend the Wednesday Strength and Support group for people with depression or anxiety? Or maybe even the Mental Health Drop-In on Wednesday mornings?

Then there is the fact that Diana would be 56 if she was alive today. So she may well find WHISC’s Monday afternoon Menopause Support group of value.

With her well known interest in women’s health, she may even attend the Women’s Health Training Course to help improve her mental and physical health, and build her self-esteem and confidence.

I’m also sure the Saturday Club, that helps integrate all women from all backgrounds, would be of interest to her as well.

Honestly, there is so much that WHISC do that I’m sure would’ve interested Princess Diana, she would’ve found a visit irresistible!

Of course, the reality is rather different and, like the rest of the world, WHISC remember her with great fondness and miss her presence terribly.