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Blog #160~Princess Diana’s Goddaughter

Blog #160~ Princess Diana’s Goddaughter

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  I’ve been highlighting stories of inspiration and information about Down syndrome.  I ran across an article in People Magazine the other day about Princess Diana’s goddaughter.  Her close friend, Rosa Monckton gave birth to a daughter with Down syndrome back in 1995.  Princess Diana was the person who provided the ultimate support.

Princess Diana and Rosa’s daughter Domenica


It was Diana who helped Rosa and her family, navigate their new path of having a baby with Down syndrome.  Diana introduced her to doctors, and came with her to all the appointments.  Diana told Rosa, You just have to believe in her, love her, and I be there with you every step of the way”. 

In the People magazine interview, Rosa shared this about Diana, “She  already had that vision of what  Domencia could be, which I simply couldn’t see”.  Fast forward to present, the vision is reality.  Domenica is thriving at age 21, who attended Chickenshed, a performing arts theatre in London. Diana had recommended would be a good fit, years ago to her.  In addition, Rosa set up “Team Domenica”, a charity that provides continuing education for young adults with learning disabilities to help them find jobs.

Rosa Monckton and daughter Domenica


This fall, “Team Domenica” opened a seaside café in Brighton, England where Domenica and other peers with special needs, are working. The jobs provide a variety of skill sets, so that every person can reach their full potential.  Domenica is trying everything by working various jobs at the café.  Rosa is certain that Princess Diana would be very proud of what she has achieved.

It didn’t surprise me that even after Princess Diana passed away in 1997 , she continue to inspire her friend, and so many others. I’m certain that Diana is up in heaven smiling down on all of us.  That’s what is in my noggin this week. Thank you People Magazine for publishing this article, (October 24, 2016 issue), and helping to support Down syndrome awareness!


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Teresa is the Author of "A New Course: A Mother's Journey Navigating Down Syndrome and Autism" and the mother of two boys. Her youngest son, Nick is 29 years old and has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism (DS-ASD). Teresa's passion is helping others understand and navigate co-occurring Down syndrome and autism. She is a DS-ASD consultant, advocate, speaker, and author. Follow Nick's world on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest @Down Syndrome With A Slice of Autism and on Twitter @tjunnerstall. For more information and media links, visit

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