Undisclosed Facts About Princess Diana
Laura Lee - February 3, 2019

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I'd wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I've made.
I might have had fame if I'd sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I'm standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I'm just looking backward to see
What I've done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven't built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I've done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I've loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I've lived with the birds and the trees;
I've turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I've given my time to the children who came;
together we've romped and we've played,
And I wouldn't exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I'd make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I've lived with my friends and I've shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I've squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I'm nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.

Everyone knows her as the People’s Princess, Princess Diana was a most beloved royal worldwide. Diana was the epitome of grace, beauty, and kindness. She devoted much of her time to charity work projects, such as with AIDS patients. Princess Diana was a breath of fresh air in the royal line which was often stuffy and full of pomp and circumstance. As much as people thought they knew about her, there was a lot kept secret. Continue reading to rediscover the life of Princess Diana.

 

Sister Sister

 

 

Diana’s older sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, dated Prince Charles first. While they were seeing each other, Diana and Charles met in 1977 at a family gathering. Princess Diana was 16 years old at the time. Sarah said shortly after their engagement, “I introduced them. I’m Cupid.”

 

 

A Normal Life

 

 

Diana’s mother bought her a flat for her 18th birthday present. The flat was located at Coleherne Court in London where she lived from July 1979 to February 1981. She lived with three other flatmates and only moved out a day after her engagement to Prince Charles became official.

 

Ballerina Soul

 

 

Many little girls dream of becoming a princess when they grow up. Ironically, Princess Diana wanted to become a dancer. She studied ballet as a child and fell in love with dancing. Unfortunately, she grew too tall and so her dreams of dancing professionally would not come true. Anne Allan, Diana’s ballet teacher, said “she had dance in her soul….I realized the pure enjoyment that it gave her….the freeness of being able to move and dance…”

 

 

Solo Studies

 

 

Diana left the West Health School at 16 years old after she failed two of her exams. She was then enrolled in a Swiss finishing school but was set on returning home. Putting school on hold altogether, she worked as a babysitter and cleaner before her employment at the Young England School.

 

Love Limit

 

 

The most sensitive issue in Diana’s relationship with Prince Charles was their 12 year age difference. Prince Charles unashamedly discussed the matter after their engagement. “I think that Diana will keep me young, apart from anything else. I think I shall be exhausted.” To which they both laughed and Diana added, “I have never thought about it.”

 

 

Keeping It In The Family

 

 

Princess Diana and Prince Charles are distantly related. Both descendants of King Henry VII, making them 16th cousins once removed. This is not untypical in the royal lineage; Prince William is also distantly related to wife Kate Middleton. They are 12th cousins once removed.

 

Tennis Tradition

 

 

Princess Diana fit right in with the royal family and their love of tennis. She played as a teenager and enjoyed the sport immensely. When she was a member of the royal family she would attend the Wimbledon games. In 1987, after meeting Princess Diana at Wimbledon, Serbian tennis player Slobodan Živojinovic claimed that they were seeing each other when she was married to Prince Charles.

 

 

Grand Gown

 

 

Princess Diana’s wedding to the Prince Charles of Wales was bound to be a memorable event. It was made all the more jaw-dropping when the world saw her amazing gown. Diana’s wedding dress was crafted by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The dress was flourished with over 10,000 pearls and one of the longest royal trains ever worn down the aisle, measuring a whopping 25 feet.

 

Female Empowerment

 

 

Princess Diana was not afraid to do things her own way. She broke from tradition when she refused to say she would “obey” her husband in her vows from the Book of Common Prayer. She instead promised to “love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health.” Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle followed in Diana’s footsteps and omitted “obey” out of their vows as well.

 

 

Royal Jewels

 

 

Most royals have their jewelry custom made just for them. Princess Diana chose her engagement ring out of a Garrard’s catalogue. The 12-carat oval sapphire ring surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds is iconic and now belongs to Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William views the ring as a symbol of his mother. “….this was my way of sort of keeping her close to it all,” Prince William said.

 

Sapphire Statement

 

 

Like with everything else Princess Diana, she had a flair of making things her own. Diana’s iconic sapphire brooch was originally a wedding gift from the Queen. Diana decided to wear it as a string pearl necklace. Even after her divorce, she wore the necklace and it was passed to her sons. In the photo above, Diana is seen wearing the sapphire necklace, While visiting the White House with Prince Charles.

 

 

Truly Thankful

 

 

Diana didn’t need to go to finishing school to learn how a princess should behave. She was naturally a kindhearted person, even going so far as writing thank you cards to those who gave her a gift. It’s believed that Diana wrote thousands of thank you letters to all those who brought gifts for the birth of Prince William. Her letters have been auctioned off, ranging anywhere between $2,000 to $20,000.

 

Family Crown

 

 

Diana wore a beautiful tiara during her wedding in 1981. Many would have scoured the Queen’s jewelry vault, but Diana chose a piece from her family. Called the Spencer Tiara, it has not been worn since 1997. Diana’s jewelry box was unrivaled and many pieces have been passed down to her daughters-in-law. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have each worn their late mother-in-law’s jewelry.

 

 

Popular Princess

 

 

In the photo: Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor are seen together. Everyone was drawn to Diana’s warm nature. She had many famous friends, including Elton John, George Michael, Tilda Swinton, Liza Minelli, and John Travolta. To escape the paparazzi, Diana, Harry and William visited Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn’s Colorado ranch.

 

Cleavage Clutch

 

 

Diana was followed by the paparazzi everywhere, so she learned a couple of tricks to manage life under the camera. There are photos of Diana getting out of a car clutching her purse to her chest like a paparazzi shield. The term “cleavage bags” was coined after her clever use of her clutches. Anya Hindmarch, a designer for Diana, said, “We used to laugh when we designed what she called her ‘cleavage bags,’ little satin clutches which she would cover her cleavage with when she stepped out of cars.”

 

 

Celebrity Charm

 

 

Princess Diana attended a White House Gala where she met actor John Travolta. They danced together to the music from his film “Saturday Night Fever.” In an interview with Good Morning America on his favorite moment from the 1980s, Travolta answered dancing with Princess Diana. Diana’s dress is so iconic that it is now famously called the “John Travolta dress.”

 

Historical Handshake

 

 

Princess Diana was so much more than a royal trendsetter. She was a true humanitarian. In an interview with BBC’s Panorama in 1995, Diana said, “I would like a monarchy that has more contact with its people.”  Diana was a woman true to her word. She shook the hand of an AIDS patient without wearing gloves. It might seem small nowadays since it’s known that HIV can’t be contracted through a handshake, but the act during the time was a historical moment for those with the disease.

 

 

Mother Knows Best

 

 

Diana was reportedly the first royal mother to breastfeed her children. The royal family is traditionally known to be cold towards raising children. This fact dates back to the 1800s with Queen Victoria’s reign; she refused to breastfeed her nine children. ABC News reported that Diana from the beginning “rebelled against the royal traditions of arm’s-length parenting.”

 

Close Companion

 

 

It is widely believed that Diana had an affair with her bodyguard, Barry Mannakee. He became Diana’s bodyguard in 1985 and a year later was transferred out because of the “unusually close relationship between the pair.” Diana never mentioned Mannakee by name, but during a taped therapy session she said she was “deeply in love” and was “quite happy to give all this up and to just go off and live with him.” Mannakee died in 1987 in a motorcycle crash, but many believe that his death was not an accident.

 

 

Heart of Gold

 

 

Princess Diana had a close relationship with Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa said after Diana’s death, “She was very concerned for the poor. She was very anxious to do something for them, and it was beautiful. That is why she was close to me.” Mother Teresa died six days after Diana had been killed in 1997.

 

Kidding Around

 

 

As with many things in Princess Diana’s life, she was anything but ordinary. Royal children do not typically get to live ordinary lives, but Princess Diana was determined to raise her sons as “normally” as possible. Diana took Prince William and Prince Harry out to Disney World, McDonald’s, AIDS clinics, and homeless shelters. Princess Diana’s chief of staff, Patrick Jephson, said, “She made sure that they experienced things like going to the cinema, queuing up to buy a McDonald’s, going to amusement parks, those sorts of things that were experiences that they could share with their friends”.

 

 

Fashion Forward

 

 

Diana was also known for her fashion taste. An exhibition at the Kensington Palace opened in 2017 called “Diana: Her Fashion Story.” The curator told Vanity Fair, “She is stepping into that same sort of space as Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy, a fashion icon whose style is so emulated and so loved, really.”

 

Stand Tall

 

 

Diana was the exact same height as her husband. They were both 5’10” which must have embarrassed Prince Charles. In nearly all photos of the two, Charles appears to look taller to look more ‘masculine’. Many speculated that their photos were purposefully staged for that Prince Charles looked taller than his wife. In many photos, Diana can be seen shrugging perhaps in an effort to appear shorter than her husband.

 

 

Globe Trotter

 

 

Diana was very involved in the international effort to advocate against landmines. She endorsed a Red Cross campaign for a worldwide ban on mines. In the photo above, she is seen walking through an active minefield in Huambo, Angola, on January 15, 1997. Diana was a supporter of the organization the Hazardous Areas Life-Support Organization (HALO), which took her through an active minefield.

 

Pretty In Pink

 

 

Princess Diana’s favorite color was pink. In many photographs, she is seen wearing outfits in all shades of pink. Diana has been called one of the greatest style icons of the 20th century and has since been a source of inspiration in the fashion world.

 

 

Truthful On Tape

 

 

Princess Diana began recording her thoughts on tape. She started doing so after many tabloids were reporting false information on her divorce. In May 1991, she began documenting her side of the story. Her friend delivered the tapes to Andrew Morton, a British journalist who had been reporting on the royal family for years. “The Princess was talking about her unhappiness, her sense of betrayal, her suicide attempts—and two things I’d never previously heard of: an eating disorder called bulimia nervosa and a woman called Camilla,” Morton said about the tapes. Morton wrote a bestselling book titled “Diana: Her True Story- In Her Own Words” based on the tapes.

 

Young Advisor

 

 

A documentary “Prince William: Royalty In My Family” claimed that Prince William helped his mother Diana with her divorce. William was 14 years old when his parents divorced, but is said to have helped Diana through the separation process along with making some big decisions. The film claims, “It’s believed that William later advised her to accelerate her divorce proceedings by agreeing to be stripped of her royal title.”

 

 

Up For Auction

 

 

In 2017, six handwritten letters from Princess Diana were auctioned off. The letters were sent to Cyril Dickman who was a former head steward at Buckingham Palace. Diana wrote in one letter dated 1992 that both her sons were in boarding school and enjoying their time, “although Harry is constantly in trouble!”

 

Queen Mother vs People’s Princess

 

 

Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth had a difficult, tense relationship. The Queen advised the couple to divorce in 1996 after their marriage was clearly breaking down. Reportedly, the Queen never allowed Diana’s name to be mentioned in her presence after her death in 1997. A former royal insider also revealed more details on the matter. “I did notice that one day, going through the drawing room, the old Queen Mother, she passed the magazine table, and Diana’s face was on the front of Hello! magazine. And as she walked past the table, she flipped the magazine over onto its backside and carried on walking. That to me said, she’s not really accepted. She’s beginning to out-shine even the senior members of the royal family, which is dangerous territory.”

 

 

Famous Friends

 

 

Princess Diana had all sorts of famous friends and often called on them for favors. Prince William recalled in a TV documentary in 2017, “She (Diana) organized, when I came home from school, to have Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell waiting at the top of the stairs. I was probably a 12 or 13-year-old boy who had posters of them all on my wall, and I went bright red and didn’t know quite what to say, and sort of fumbled and I think I pretty much fell down the stairs on the way out. That was a very funny memory that’s lived with me forever.”

 

Fair Affair

 

 

Prince Charles admitted he had an affair in a televised interview two years after he and Princess Diana separated. He defended his actions saying he tried to make it work “until it became clear that the marriage had irretrievably broken down.”

 

 

Three’s Company

 

 

Diana opened up about Charles’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles in an interview with the BBC. On November 20, 1995, the BBC aired her first solo press interview. She kept the interview a secret from Buckingham Palace. Diana opened up about her marriage, postpartum depression, bulimia, and her intimate relationship with another man other than the Prince. She said to Martin Bashir, “There were three of us in the marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”

 

Confronting Camilla

 

 

Diana confronted Camilla at a party concerning the affair she was having with her husband, Charles. Diana reportedly said, “I know what’s going on between you and Charles, and I just want you to know that.” Camilla responded, “You’ve got everything you ever wanted. You’ve got all the men in the world fall in love with you and you’ve got two beautiful children, what more do you want?” To which Diana replied, “I want my husband.”

 

 

Diana’s Affair

 

 

During a BBC Panorama program in 1995, Princess Diana admitted to having an affair with James Hewitt, a well-known polo player, and her former riding instructor. She began seeing Hewitt the Horse Whisperer in 1986, two years after Prince Harry was born. The affair lasted for five years. Conspiracy theorists often question Prince Harry’s paternity as many people believe Hewitt to be the father.

 

Magazine Model

 

 

Diana was on the cover on several magazines almost more than anyone else, and each time she was sales soared. She appeared on the cover of Time magazine eight times, Newsweek seven times, and People magazine more than 50 times. When she was on the cover of a magazine, sales soared.

 

 

Complex Confidant

 

 

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana had a rivalry as both married into the royal family within years of each other. Diana once told a biographer, Andrew Morton, that the Duchess of York “wooed everybody in this family and did it so well. She left me looking like dirt.” Sarah revealed their shared connection after opening up about their divorces. “It was the year we first put words to the unspeakable idea that had been nudging us in the rubs for some time: that one or both of us might leave the royal family. We burned the phone wires into the night, trading secrets and jokes that no-one else would understand.”

 

Similar Style

 

 

Kate Middleton, Prince William’s wife, shares many similarities to Princess Diana. There are many instances where Kate is seen wearing outfits seemingly inspired by Diana. In the photo: Diana is wearing a Versace dress to a dinner at the Field Museum of Natural History in 1996; Kate is wearing an Issa dress during the Royal Tour of North America in 2011.

 

 

Paparazzi Princess

 

 

The public loved her and the paparazzi couldn’t stay away from her. Diana graced every major magazine cover and was one of the most photographed women in the world. Over the years, her relationship with the paparazzi changed and felt they were too invasive and sometimes dangerous. Queen Elizabeth resented all the attention Diana got. The Queen reportedly tried to spread negative coverage on Diana, but it didn’t work.

 

Mystery Man

 

 

There is a photograph of Princess Diana as a teenager that has stirred up a lot of speculation. It captures a seemingly intimate moment of Diana reclining in the lap of an unidentified male friend. The words ‘Not to be published” is scrawled across the photo. There is also a bottle of whiskey on the windowsill. The photograph was put up for auction in 2013 and was set to sell for around $1,000, but with the not to be published marking it was expected to go for much more.

 

 

Mental Health Advocate

 

 

Diana spoke candidly about mental health issues. She was one of the first public figures to do so. During an interview with BBC, Diana opened up about bulimia and self-harm. She said she became bulimic after Charles called her “chubby.” Diana also spoke about her suicide attempts. Thousands of people looked up to Diana for her openness and gave them hope to cope with similar mental health issues. Diana opened up the way for a public discussion on mental health.

 

Marvelous Mother

 

 

The photograph above captures Princess Diana just being an amazing mother. She was attending Prince William’s sports day in 1989 and is seen crossing the finish line with the other mother’s. Diana loved being a mother. Interestingly, Prince Charles wanted a daughter. Reportedly, Diana said that after Harry’s birth, “[Charles] first comment was, ‘Oh God, it’s a boy.”

 

 

Cheating Right

 

 

Diana confronted Charles about his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. He told Diana that it was “his right” to have a mistress and that his father approved of the affair if his marriage to Diana was failing. In a book titled Diana: Her True Story, biographer Andrew Morton wrote, “Charles’ bodyguard was forced to accompany the prince on illicit nighttime visits to see Camilla…When Charles broke his arm in a polo accident, his staff was responsible for listening to police radios to track Diana’s journey to the hospital, so they could get Camilla out of Charles’ room before the princess arrived.”

 

Stepping Out

 

 

Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, once disguised Princess Diana and snuck her into a gay bar. In the late 1980s, Royal Vauxhall Tavern was a rough crowd, not necessarily fit for a princess. Comedian Cleo Rocos, who was there with the two that night, wrote in her book that they dressed her up in an army jacket, cap, and sunglasses. “We pleaded, ‘What would be the headline if you were caught in a gay bar brawl?'” writes Rocos. “But Diana was in full mischief mode. Freddie said, ‘Go on, let the girl have some fun.'”

 

 

Money Matters

 

 

Prince Charles and Princess Diana only went on 12 dates before getting engaged and ultimately the marriage suffered. Diana’s divorce was costly. The couple attempted to reconcile their relationship, though unsuccessfully. Prime Minister John Major made a public announcement about the pair’s “amicable separation,” read an official statement from the royal family. The settlement totaled $22.5 million, with an annual income of $600,000 per year to continue funding her office.

 

Ending The Stigma

 

 

Diana openly struggled with mental health throughout her life, and being in the spotlight made it only harder to cope with her struggles. She was harassed by the media, the royal family disapproved of her, and her failed marriage all weighed heavily on her. She confessed that she suffered from post-partum depression after the birth of William. Which was made worse due to Charles not being around much for her. 

 

 

Queen Of Our Hearts

 

 

Princess Diana was stripped of the title “Her Royal Highness” after her divorce from Prince Charles. She made her thoughts on the matter clear in a famous Panorama interview. “I’d like to be a queen of people’s hearts, in people’s hearts, but I don’t see myself being Queen of this country.” The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time of Diana’s death gave her the much-beloved nickname “People’s Princess.” It is surely how Princess Diana would want to be remembered.

 

A Tragedy

 

 

Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997, in a car crash. The crash was in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. The other passengers included Dodi Fayed, her companion, and the driver, Henri Paul; they were pronounced dead at the scene. Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones was also in the car and was the only survivor. Initially, the paparazzi were blamed for the crash, but a French judicial investigation in 1999 found that the crash was caused by the driver, Henri Paul. He was heavily intoxicated and under the effects of prescription drugs when he lost control of the Mercedes.

 

 

The Last Photo

 

 

This photo was taken mere seconds before the tragic car crash that killed Princess Diana. Diana can be seen in the back seat looking at the paparazzi pursuing their vehicle. The driver sped through the Place de l’Alma underpass going 105kmh (65 mph) when he lost control of the vehicle and collided into a pillar. Passenger Trevor Rees-Jones was the only survivor.

 

Blissful Breakfast

 

 

Princess Diana reportedly spent the last day of her life on her lover’s yacht enjoying the breathtaking Emerald Coast in Sardinia. Dodi Fayed, 41 years old and son of an Egyptian billionaire, took Diana on a wonderful trip on his triple-deck yacht, the Jonikal. They are seen enjoying breakfast, drinking coffee and eating croissants and jam. They took a plane to Paris that afternoon.

 

 

Last Words

 

 

The response team at the site of the car crash have spoken publically about that night. The firefighter who treated Diana on the scene had thought she was going to survive. Sergeant Xavier Gourmelon, who led the response team, said Princess Diana’s last words were: “My God, what’s happened?” Xavier said he initially did not know he was treating the princess. “The car was in a mess and we just dealt with it like any road accident. We got straight to work to see who needed help and who was alive.”

 

Royal Farewell

 

 

Princess Diana’s coffin was draped with the royal standard. It was brought to London by ex-husband Prince Charles and her two sisters on August 31, 1997. The Queen’s funeral plans, known as Operation Tay Bridge, had been rehearsed for 22 years and is what served as the basis for Diana’s funeral.

 

 

Impromptu Memorial

 

 

After Diana’s death in 1997, the world was left shocked and heartbroken. The nation was devastated. A former Director of Government Relations, Anji Hunter, said, “You could smell it. You could see it. You could hear it. There were hundreds of people carrying the flowers. We were completely gobsmacked.” Around sixty million flowers were left at impromptu memorials all over London.

 

Final Resting Place

 

 

Princess Diana’s final resting place is on a private island. The island is in Oval Lake on the grounds of her family home, Althorp Park. It was decided to bury her away from the public so her sons could visit privately. The public can pay their respects at a nearby memorial in her name.

 

 

Conspiracy Theories

 

 

There was no shortage of conspiracy theories following Princess Diana’s death. Some speculated that she was pregnant and planned to marry Dodi Al-Fayed. Others thought that the royal family wanted Diana out of the way so the public would look kindly on Prince Charles’s remarriage. There were also those who thought she faked her own death to escape the public eye.

 

Public Mourning

 

 

At the time of Princess Diana’s death, Prince William was 15 years old and Prince Harry was 12 years old. Both boys said grieving in the public eye was the most difficult moment of their lives. They wondered at the public who wept for their mother. “You didn’t even know her, why and how are you so upset?”

 

 

In Her Honor

 

 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding was a much-anticipated event. There was an empty seat next to Prince William in honor of his mother. Over the years, both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have paid tribute to their late mother-in-law. For example, Meghan Markle carried forget-em-nots on her wedding day which were Princess Diana’s favorite flower.

 

Queen’s Order

 

 

Diana and Charles had been separated for four years when Queen Elizabeth ordered them to get an official divorce. A former butler revealed in 2017 that the Queen sent her request in a chilly letter. The queen gave the command in the form of two letters; one for Charles and one for Diana in December of 1995, according to a palace spokesman.

 

 

Ice Queen

 

 

Charles was extremely distraught after Diana’s death. Reportedly, he looked to his mother for support but was met with coldness. The Queen pretended she liked Diana in public, but the truth was that she did not like her at all. It drove a wedge between Charles and his mother.

 

In Memory

 

 

Dodi Al-Fayed’s father made his own memorial which can be found at his department store Harrod’s in London. It was unveiled on April 12, 1998, and it displays Diana’s glass from her last dinner still smudged with her lipstick, and the ring Fayed purchased the day before they died.

 

 

Innocent Victims

 

 

Another memorial was erected in Princess Diana’s name, as well as Dodi Al-Fayed’s. In 2005, this statue was unveiled, and is titled “Innocent Victims.” The statue is on display at the Harrods department store in London, England.

 

Fun Day Out

 

 

Princess Diana knew her children had extraordinary lives in which they would face difficult challenges. She wanted them to have as normal a childhood as possible, so she made sure they experienced things like McDonald’s and theme parks. Princess Diana took her boys out to Thorpe Park back in 1993 and it looks like they had an amazing time!

 

 

Gala Glamour

 

 

Princess Diana arrived at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1987 in style. She and Prince Charles attended for Cannes’ 40th anniversary. Princess Diana was wearing a now iconic chiffon gown by one of her favorite designers, Catherine Walker. The dress became one of the Princess’ most remembered moments.

 

Candid Shot

 

 

The public loved Princess Diana’s informal approach to royal protocol, including how she handled being a mother. A modern princess through and through, Diana was determined to make her young sons lives as normal as possible. The public will forever admire and respect Diana for breaking from traditional royal parenting even though she faced criticism from the Queen herself.

 

 

Personable Princess

 

 

Princess Diana’s warm personality and wide smiles won over many hearts. She traveled to the UAE in 1989 for a six-day trip. Prince Charles and the Princess were sent to improve business relations between the UK and the Middle East. She even attended a camel race during the trip!

 

Pre-Princess

 

 

It may come as no surprise that Princess Diana worked as a nanny and a teacher before she met the Prince. Her warm, easygoing nature mader her incredibly good with children. Before she became princess, she worked various odd jobs such as a nanny and a school teacher. She was a part-time kindergarten teacher in London.

 

 

A True Original

 

 

Did you know that Princess Diana’s parents divorced when she was just 7-years old? Frances Shand Kydd and Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, had a long and difficult relationship. There were cheating and physical abuse allegations which were cited as reasons for the separation.

 

Helping Hand

 

 

Princess Diana was intrinsically a good-natured person. She held an auction selling 79 of her iconic gowns to raise money for AIDS and cancer charities. One of the dresses was the “Travolta dress,” the gown Diana wore to a gala at the White House where she danced with John Travolta.

 

 

More Than A Style Icon

 

 

Undoubtedly, Princess Diana became a philanthropic force working tirelessly on behalf of various charities. She used her status to raise awareness for different humanitarian causes close to her heart. Here she is pictured with a fellow volunteer worker.

 

White House

 

 

In the photo above, on the left is Tom Selleck dancing with Nany Reagan. On the right side is Clint Eastwood dancing with Princess Diana. They were at a White House gala dinner in 1985. Princess Diana was just 24 years old at the time. 

 

 

Hard Worker

 

 

Not only was Princess Diana a truly good person, but she was also hard working to boot. She was the first royal ever to have a paying job. Diana was the first royal bride ever to have a paid job when she got engaged to Prince Charles. Her work then turned to volunteerism and advocacy.