Why Princess Diana Was Such An Icon

Princess Diana in 1983

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Princess Diana in 1983

Princess Diana of Wales was truly loved all over the world, and it’s pretty easy to see why. From a young age everyone said Princess Diana, born Diana Frances Spencer, was destined for greatness. Before her engagement to Prince Charles, Diana was working at a local children’s nursery. At the time, Diana was just 19, while Charles was 32. Despite the considerable age difference between the two, the announcement of their engagement was met with excitement from the public. Diana was youthful, beautiful, and hardworking, and the people quickly fell in love with her.
During Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles, Diana came to realize that her husband was having an affair with his longtime friend, Camilla Parker Bowles. She was 14 years older than Diana, and even though Diana knew that her husband was unfaithful, she continued to exceed the royal family’s expectations of her. She traveled to countries around the world, met with local residents, and took time to talk to them on personal matters, this made her stand out from the rest of the royal family. In a speech, Diana talked about how it was important to hug and embrace people with AIDS, and she was outspoken about the issues that were closest to her heart. She didn’t want to conform to the expectations of the royal family, and she truly believed that it was her duty to help people.
Prince Charles saw how much the public loved Diana, and it seemed to make him jealous of her. At events where Prince Charles and Princess Diana were together, the people in the crowds wanted to talk to Diana and interact with her, since the people knew that Diana would actually want to talk to them and hug them. However, Prince Charles followed traditional royal protocols and wasn’t as outgoing as Diana, so as you could imagine this created some differences between the two.
Even though Diana was beloved by the public, the critics and British tabloids wouldn’t be dissuaded from benefiting off of her. The British press did not take it easy on Diana. They watched her very closely, and reported about her every chance that they could. It was clear that Princess Diana was the center of attention. When the press reported about Princess Diana, they often would twist stories and make headlines that would make Diana seem like she was unstable. They were pretty extreme with their reports.
In the final years of her life, Diana continued her work, even after her divorce from Charles in August 1996. Diana found love again in her new boyfriend, Dodi Fayed. Unfortunately, Princess Diana tragically died on August 31st, 1997, in Paris after a paparazzi chased her car into a tunnel and killed her, along with her boyfriend, and the driver.
Despite her untimely death, princess Diana has continued to inspire many people 25 years later. Her hard work and motivation to serve the public gracefully has positively impacted millions of people, and still continues to do so to this day.