10 Surprising Things You Did Not Know About Princess Diana
Princess Diana is someone who does not require any introduction. Her wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981 was the most televised event in history which was surpassed by her funeral in 1997. An iconic figure throughout her life, there are a lot of things that people do not know about her. So, presenting to you, here are ten surprising things you did not know about Princess Diana.
She was not that bright as a student
Princess Diana was homeschooled till the age of 9. She was sent to the West Heath, a boarding school at the age a 12. She failed in two exams and left West Heath School at the age of 16. She was then enrolled at a school in Sweden by her father, but she was not really fond of it. She often joked about her poor academic records.
Prince Charles dated Diana’s sister
Prince Charles met Sarah, Diana’s elder sister before he met Diana herself. His relationship with Lady Sarah Spencer hit a rough patch due to her proclaimed that she did not love him. This led to Prince Charles dating Diana, who was more affectionate about the royal family. Diana was just 16 when they met and started dating at the age of 17. There was a twelve years age difference between them. Sarah had introduced them to each other and takes the credit for being their Cupid.
She comes from a majestic background
She is the daughter of John Spencer, the 8th Earl of Spencer. Yes, being born into the Earl of Spencer family is good enough. But in the case of Diana, it does not stop there. Royal was practically in her blood. She was related to Mary Queen of Scots. She had pretty splendid relations with a few of the Presidents of The United States of America through Georgiana Cavendish, The Duchess of Devonshire and was also related to former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and actress Audrey Hepburn.
Her teaching career and passion
She started her career as a babysitter at the age of 19, completely different from what a Princess would choose to be. She then took up the profession of a teaching assistant at the Young England School. She always considered education to be an important part of a child. She had also taken up the job as a cleaning woman at some point in time.
Her passion for ballet was unparalleled and she always wanted to be a ballerina. She took up ballet classes as a child, but her height became an issue later on as she was too tall to master the art.
Diana struggled with bulimia and depression
From the outside, everything seemed excellent in her life. But like any one of us, she suffered from her own share of misery too. Struggling with bulimia, an eating disorder distinguished by binge eating and then involve in purging. It started when Prince Charles once suggested that she had put on weight. She also suffered from depression, prompting her to hurt and self-mutilate herself. Her biographers state that she suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder resulting from the number of illness she had.
She supported over 100 charities
Her charity efforts were well known and documented, which led her to travel all over the world. Her efforts did not go unnoticed as she won the Nobel Prize for Peace just a few months after her passing. She changed the outlook of people towards AIDS. She strived for the welfare and compassionate treatment of those who were affected by AIDS. She raised $5.76 million by auctioning 79 of her dresses for charities that worked for the welfare of AIDS and breast cancer patients. She supported the ban on landmines and travelled to Angola with the International Red Cross to raise awareness for the cause.
Sold out magazine covers
Magazines with her on the cover were fan favorites. She was the media’s Princess in excess to being the people. She was featured on the People magazine cover for more than fifty times. She was featured on the cover of Time and Newsweek magazines for eight and seven times respectively. Everyone wanted to know about her and each time she appeared on the cover, the magazines sold out.
Diana’s adultery confession
Diana confessed she had an affair during the time she was married to Prince Charles in an interview with BBC in 1995. Her marriage was not a happy one. Her relationship with Prince Charles deteriorated during the course of their married life.
She was a friend and protector to both her sons
She took both her sons, Prince William and Harry to outings which are not typical for the royal family. It ranged from McDonalds and Disneyland to homeless shelters and AIDS clinics. A young William had a huge crush on Cindy Crawford. This prompted Princess Diana to invite her for dinner. Crawford confessed the experience was terrifying and a little bit awkward, but she loved the gesture.
The Royal Wedding and Funeral
She married Prince Charles in the summer of 1981, viewed globally by 750 million people from all around the world, making it the most viewed event in television history. The twenty-five-foot silk train wedding dress was embroidered with 10,000 pearls. She chose to leave out “to obey” Prince Charles which is part of the royal wedding vow. The same tradition was followed by Kate, the wife of Prince William.
Her death is an incident filled with controversies. She was fatally wounded in a car crash on the 31st of August, 1997 at Pont de I’Alma in Paris, leading to her death. She was accompanied by her then partner, Dodi Fayed and driver, Henri Paul, both of whom perished in the crash with her. Her funeral was televised and viewed by over 2.5 billion people, breaking the record held by her wedding to Prince Charles.
She was an icon, well respected and looked upon by people from around the world. She stood up to what she believed in and is a true example of leadership. She really was a star fallen to the earth to show us how to handle unfavorable situations and keep moving forward. She was a star taken away from the world well before her time…a star that will be dearly missed. If you like Princess Diana, you don’t want to miss out her contribution to fashion.