Islanders remember Princess Diana, 20 years after her death
'I never get tired to see or watch anything about her'
Two P.E.I. residents are among the scores of people around the word mourning the death of Princess Diana 20 years ago.
Paul Stetson, who served in the RCMP for 31 years, says he has fond memories of meeting the princess when he was assigned to work as one of her bodyguards during a royal visit to the Island in April 1983.
"Our job was to keep them safe and secure," he said of guarding Diana and her then-husband Prince Charles.
Stetson said many people wanted to get up close and shake hands with them, making the bodyguards' job a little tougher.
"Most people mean no harm, but you really don't know when you're standing beside them who just wants to shake their hand or who want to do them harm."
Stetson said he considers his role during that visit a highlight of his career.
"Lady Diana was such a special person...and having been able to serve as VIP security with someone of that stature was quite an honour."
Stetson said while he had very little interaction with the couple, both were very polite.
Horatio Toledo, president of the P.E.I. chapter of the Royal Commonwealth Society said Diana's approach to being a member of the Royal Family changed the family for the better.
"She became more personal with the charities she was supporting," he said.
Toledo said he also believes people will always be interested in her story because of its tragic ending.
He added he remembers the day of the fatal accident, saying he was shocked to learn what had happened.
"It was very tragic," he said. "No one likes to see a young life being wasted so early with a tragic accident like that."
Toledo said he has found himself watching the footage from that event.
"I never get tired to see or watch anything about her."
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With files from Sarah MacMillin