Diana, Princess of Wales, born Diana Frances Spencer, was a prominent member of the British Royal Family and first wife of the heir apparent to the British throne, Charles, Prince of Wales, from 1981 to their divorce in 1996, with whom she had two children, princes William and Harry.
During her life, she was not only known for her role in the Windsor family, but also as a style icon and advocate for people suffering from HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and other ailments, she was the patron and/or presidents of numerous charities, including those fighting poverty, fighting for human rights, she raised funds for the removal of landmines and other causes.
Despite her tumultuous private life she continues to remain one of the most popular members of the royal family even after her untimely death in 1997, dubbed the “Princess of Hearts” by former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. She is credited for profoundly changing the image and etiquette in place in the British Royals and her legacy lives on through the charitable efforts of both her sons and their spouses.
Born Diana Frances Spencer in 1961 in Sandringham, to a viscount family close to the royal family, she grew up with three siblings. As a child, she would play with the Queen’s sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward when they stayed in the neighbouring house. After being home-schooled and attending a boarding school, she attended a finishing school in Switzerland for a short time before moving to her mother’s flat in London with two friends.
She was a talented pianist and excellent cook. She took several low-paying jobs, including as a dance instructor. She first met Charles in 1977 as he was dating her older sister Sarah. They got engaged and married in 1981. Diana was the first royal bride to have a paying job before marrying into the royal family. She was a devoted wife and mother and raised both her sons herself.
After her divorce in 1996, she continued raising her children and dedicated herself more fully to her charity work, including working with HIV/AIDS patients, fighting against the use of landmines and raising awareness on leprosy and cancer. She was also known for her impeccable fashion sense and was admired by women worldwide as a fashion icon. She continues to remain the “Queen of Hearts” as dubbed by the public during both her life and her fateful early death.
Did you know:
- That she was born into the Spencer family which had been close to the Windsors for many generations;
- That, before marrying Charles, she worked as a dance instructor for youth, a playgroup pre-school assistant, hostess at parties, nanny, nursery teacher’s assistant, and cleaner for her sister Sarah and her friends;
- That she was the first royal bride to have a paying job before her engagement,
- That she and Charles insisted the martial vow to obey him be taken out during their wedding;
- That she travelled the world extensively to raise funds and awareness of many causes, including HIV/AIDS, mental illness, poverty, leprosy, cancer, landmines, children;
- That she was one of the runners-up for Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 1997?
Most Inspiring Princess Diana quotes
“Everyone needs to be valued.
Everyone has the potential to give something back.”
“Carry out a random act of kindness,
with no expectation of reward,
safe in the knowledge that one day
someone might do the same for you.”
“Family is the most important thing in the world.”
“Only do what your heart tells you.”
“Everyone of us needs to show how much we care
for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.”
“Life is just a journey.”
“They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable,
but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?”
“Hugs can do great amounts of good
especially for children.”
“If you find someone you love in your life,
then hang on to that love.”
“When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.”
“I don’t want expensive gifts;
I don’t want to be bought.
I have everything I want.
I just want someone to be there for me,
to make me feel safe and secure.”
“I touch people. I think everyone needs that.
Placing a hand on a friend’s face means making contact.”
“I don’t go by the rule book;
I lead from the heart, not the head.”
“You can’t comfort the afflicted
with afflicting the comfortable.”
“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from
in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved.
I know that I can give love for a minute,
for half an hour, for a day, for a month,
but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that.”