Diana Princess of Wales
Born01 July 1961
Died31 August 1997
Lady Diana, the first wife of Prince Charles, Princess of Wales, played a huge role in the life of Great Britain at the end of the 20th century. The people called Princess Diana the Queen of Human Hearts for infinite kindness, constant participation in charity events and the sincerity that she gave to people. She was loved all over the world and was briefly named Lady Di. Her biography is of interest not only to historians, but also to writers and filmmakers. Books were written about her, films were made. Her mysterious death in a car accident left a shameful spot on the representatives of the oldest monarchy in the world. Investigation of the circumstances of her tragic death has not been stopped so far.
Childhood and Life before marriage
Diana was born July 1, 1961 in Sandringham, Norfolk. She was the third child and youngest daughter of Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, heir to the 7th Earl Spencer, and his first wife, Frances Ruth Burke Roche (daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy).Diana spent her childhood in Sandringham. In addition to Diana, the family had three more children. As a child, Diana’s character was not difficult, but she was always stubborn enough. Diana's parents divorced when she was 8 years old and this became a great stress for her. As a result of the divorce, Diana stayed with her father. Diana's mother with her new chosen one settled in Scotland, where she soon married. Divorce had a strong influence on the girl. Soon, Diana's father also married. Unfortunately, the stepmother disliked the children.
She received primary home education under the guidance of Gertrude Allen. Then Diana continued her studies at Silfield Private School, and then enrolled in Riddlesworth Hall. According to the recollections of teachers, the girl read and painted well. Further, Diana continued her studies at the prestigious West Hill girls' school. During these years she is fond of music and dancing. Diana was absolutely not friends with the exact sciences and sometimes she had to take exams several times.
In 1975, Diana's grandfather Johnny's father died. John Spencer automatically became the eighth Earl of Spencer, and Diana herself received the title of Lady. At the same time, the whole family moved to the ancient ancestral castle Althorp House (Nottrogtonshir).
The first meeting of Prince and Diana
The first time the girl saw Prince Charles in 1977. At that time, Prince Charles came to Althorp to hunt. But then she was only sixteen years old. She made an impression on him, but she was still too young to date.
After she dropped out of West Heath School at 16 she went to study in Switzerland, and returned after graduation. Arriving in her homeland, Diana became the owner of her own apartment in London, which father gave her. Despite her noble background, she gets a job as a simple nanny in a London kindergarten.
They met again
In 1980, Diana met again with Prince Charles. Charles at that time was 32 years old and his parents were very worried about the fate of his son. In addition, Queen Elizabeth was particularly concerned about Charles’s relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles, a married lady whom marriage at that time was considered impossible. Charles and Camilla's relationship lasted nine years, and no one hid it. From the very beginning, Diana was aware of the scandalous romance of the prince. Therefore, the existence of Diana was very pleased with the parents of the prince. They immediately approved this union. According to many, Elizabeth II literally forced her son to marry a girl. In the beginning, Charles invited Diana to the royal yacht. Then she was invited to the Balmoral Castle to get acquainted with the royal family.
Soon, the prince offered Diana a hand and a heart, the girl agreed without hesitation. The official announcement took place on February 24, 1981. The symbol of this event was the famous ring of Princess Diana, precious sapphire surrounded by fourteen diamonds.
The wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer was the most expensive ceremony in the history of Great Britain. It took place on July 29, 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Diana wore a dress worth £ 9,000, which was designed by young English designers Elizabeth and David Emanuel. The wedding of Diana and Charles was called the "fabulous wedding" and "the wedding of the century." After the wedding, the newlyweds went on a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea. At the end of the cruise, another reception was given in Scotland, where members of the press received permission to photograph the newlyweds. Wedding celebrations cost taxpayers nearly three million pounds.
Years of disappointment, jealousy and tears
But happiness did not last long. Charles did not love his wife, but Diana tried her best to save the marriage, but in vain. Prince Charles, even after his wedding with Diana, continued relations with his sweetheart Camilla Parker Bowles. He did not even try to hide this connection and openly recognized it. Subsequently, the princess became increasingly difficult to restrain jealousy and protect the reputation of the family. In addition, Queen Elizabeth has always been on the side of her son. Diana began to swear with Elizabeth II, who took the side of her son and did not want to listen to the reproaches of her daughter-in-law. But on the other hand, people loved Princess Diana very much. Despite her aristocratic origin, she began to be considered a "princess of the people". Her sincerely loved and subjects of the British crown, and residents of other countries. The princess was actively engaged in charity work. She provided the needy with not only material, but also moral support.
The birth of sons
The only happiness for the princess was her beloved sons. William was born in 1982, and Harry in 1984. Diana devoted more time to her sons than befits a princess. She refused the nannies and governesses, independently engaged in their education, planned their excursions.
The situation became known to all
In 1990, Princess Diana ceased to hide family problems. The conflict left the walls of the Windsor Palace. Thus, the queen became a powerful enemy for the princess. Divorce was a serious step and promised a lot of problems to the royal family, but Diana could not put up with betrayal. Wanting to take revenge on her husband, the princess dared to spin a romance. She started a romance with a riding instructor.
The couple broke up only in 1992, but only in 1996, having received official permission from Elizabeth, they divorced. Diana managed to maintain her title of Princess of Wales and the right to raise children. She also continued her charity and peacekeeping activities.
The scandalous interview of Diana
Two years before her death, Princess Diana gave an interview that dealt a serious blow to the reputation of the royal family. Many residents of Great Britain began to doubt that the monarchy may have a future. In 1995, Lady Dee gave an interview in which she spoke about the romance of Prince Charles with Camilla Bowles. She also admitted her infidelity. In addition, she stated that the son of Elizabeth II is unlikely to ever become a worthy ruler. With this act, she became "the object of hatred of the royal family." Princess Diana noted that after breaking up with Prince Charles, her life became unbearable, and her husband's relatives became her "main enemies." Interestingly, the show’s commercials appeared on Prince Charles’s birthday. After that, the media reported that the eldest son of Princess Diana was very angry when he watched his mom’s interview. William was very angry, called his mother and said that he would never forgive her for what she had done.
Life after divorce
In 1995, according to rumors, Diana met her true love. Visiting a friend in the hospital, the princess accidentally met with a heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. Feelings were mutual. However, the constant public attention deprived them of happiness. The couple fled to Khan's homeland, in Pakistan. However, Khan’s parents did not accept this alliance. Soon the couple broke up.
After several short novels, in June 1997, Diana met with film producer Dodi al-Fayed. He was the son of an Egyptian billionaire. Diana thought that finally her life would improve, that she would become Dodi's beloved wife and join the most powerful Muslim family in the world. But these dreams did not come true.
In the early hours of 31 August 1997, Diana died in hospital after being injured in a car crash in Paris, France.The car was traveling at high speed. Dodi al-Fayed was with her in the car. As a result they died. Dodi died instantly, and Diana two hours later in the hospital. The only survivor in this accident was the bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones. The death of Princess Diana was a shock not only for residents of the UK, but for the whole world. The princess was buried on September 6 at the Spencer Althorp family estate in Northamptonshire, on a secluded island.
Among the causes of a car accident there are many factors. There is a version that they tried to escape from the paparazzi. Whether the death of the princess was an accident or an action by the British secret services is likely to remain a mystery forever.
Elton John dedicated the song “Candle In The Wind” to Princess Diana. In 2007, the single hit the Guinness Book of Records as the best-selling single in the history of music. In 1998, Time magazine named Diana one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. In 2002, according to a BBC poll, Diana took third place on the list of great British, ahead of the queen and other British monarchs. In 2012, the American singer Lady Gaga performed a song dedicated to Princess Diana. The song is called "Princess Die". In honor of Princess Diana, postage stamps were issued in Albania, Armenia, North Korea, Pitcairn, Tuvalu.
Interesting facts about Princess Diana
Before starting a romantic relationship with Diana, Prince Charles met with her own older sister, Sarah Spencer.
In an interview, the princess said that she made two suicide attempts, one of which was during the first pregnancy.
Princess Diana's funeral attended by more than a million people. And on TV, more than 2.5 billion viewers around the world watched the funeral procedure.
During the divorce, Diana received a record compensation of $ 37 million.
Diana was credited with novels with actors John Travolta and Jack Nicholson, as well as writer John Fowles.
The princess's favorite dish was creamy pudding.
In 1991, Diana became the first member of the royal family to contact people with HIV directly.
Diana often violated royal etiquette and dress code.
Lady Diana was afraid of horses.
Diana had sharp mood swings.
1."I don't go by the rule book... I lead from the heart, not the head."
2."If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love."
3."The biggest disease in this day and age is that of people feeling unloved."
4."Hugs can do great amounts of good."
5."I went to the school and put it to William, particularly, that if you find someone you love in life, you must hang onto it, and look after it, and if you were lucky enough to find someone who loved you, then you must protect it."
6.“Family is the most important thing in the world."
7."I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress, and their hopes and dreams."
8."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."
9."Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can."
10."Everyone has the potential to give something back."
11."People think that at the end of the day a man is the only answer. Actually, a fulfilling job is better for me."
12."When you are happy you can forgive a great deal."
"I like to be a free spirit. Some don't like that, but that's the way I am."