August 22, 2003
Then the president kissed her on the cheek. That image went around the world, drawing more attention to the princess and giving her greater credibility as an advocate for the HIV-infected.
"It was God-ordained that he would kiss me," the princess said last Friday in New Orleans. She was there to address a Pentecostal missions conference; the Pentecostal church has welcomed her back into the fold.
"I believe the only way I'll be proud of my royal lineage is to serve the people," she said. "As a woman who has royalty in her, I want to leave a legacy."
The princess is an AIDS educator with the Zambia branch of World Vision, an international Christian relief organization. She said there's no time to lose in a poor country like Zambia, where roughly 2.5 million people -- approximately 21 percent of the population -- have HIV.
"There is still denial," the princess said. "In Africa, people will feel that it can't happen to them. I tell people that HIV needs no passport to cross borders. It can strike anywhere, at any time."