It has been 18 years since Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a tragic car accident in Paris, France. She was more than royalty. She was a princess, a philanthropist, and a fashion icon. But as her son Prince Harry said during one of her memorials 10 years ago, “to us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world.”
After her divorce to Prince Charles in 1996, Diana would lose the title of “Her Royal Highness.” It would be through her hard work with AIDS awareness, banning landlines, and bringing attention to leprosy, mental illness, and homelessness, that she gained the title of the “People’s Princess.” Diana’s legacy can be felt almost two decades after her passing. Here is a glimpse at her life.
Diana Frances Spencer was born on July 1, 1961.
Diana came from a royal lineage. She is related to Mary Queen of Scots as well as Winston Churchill. As a child, she had playdates with Prince Albert and Prince Edward.
At 19, Diana worked as a teacher’s assistant at Young England Nursery School.
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Lady Di has said that shortly after her engagement to Prince Charles he grabbed her waist and said, “a bit chubby here, aren’t we?” Diana struggled with bulimia for many years after.
Diana’s father was the 8th Earl of Spencer.