At the time of her death, I was seven years old, and did not entirely comprehend why she was so important to many people in Britain, America, and across the world. In the 16 years since, I have come to better appreciate her legacy and what she meant to many people. She was loved as a princess and helped to change the British Royal Family for the better by the choices she made with Prince Charles in raising their boys. She humanized the Windsors in a way that has had a positive effect, and her own troubles allowed her to show empathy for those less fortunate than she was. In many ways, she was a beacon of hope for people going through similar (and probably worse) situations. For all of the ups and downs of her life, she was an outstanding mother, and the future of the monarchy is more secure because of her influence and legacy, which is now continued by Prince William, Prince Harry, and other members of the royal family. She will never be forgotten. May she continue to rest in peace.
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