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10 unknown Facts About Princess Diana: What Makes Her The People's Princess?

Published Fri Jun 21 2019 By Dibas Pratap Basnet
10 unknown Facts About Princess Diana: What Makes Her The People's Princess?

Princess Diana is one of the most beloved historical figures in the UK and the world. She was especially popular amongst the people and was called the People’s Princess. Britons and others alike loved the Princess for her unconventional ways which empowered women all over the world.   

Most people are no strangers to her name as one of the most popular Royal figures who started traditions and broke Royal codes for the betterment of Royal women and women as a whole. Her life, as well as her death, affected millions of people all over the world due to which there are not many people who do not know about Lady Di.

She was especially popular among the public because of her kind and loving nature and inclination towards helping everyday people rather than only bathing in Royal glory herself. She even risked her own life on more than one occasion to help people and change laws for the betterment of the public.

Despite her immense popularity all over the world, there are some things that even the biggest admirer of the late Princess may not know about.  

See 10 unknown facts about the People’s Princess Diana below

Unknown Facts About Princess Diana

1. Prince Charles Was In A Relationship With Her Older Sister Before He Dated Her.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles became synonymous after their marriage and the tabloids could not get enough of them from the very beginning of their relationships, but what some people do not know is that Prince Charles dated her sister Sarah before he dated her, in fact, she met the Prince through Sarah.

The Royal couple met through Lady Diana's Sister
The Royal couple met through Lady Diana's Sister 

Her sister also said that

 "I introduced them. I'm Cupid,"

Sarah and Lady Di shared a very close bond which lasted until the unfortunate passing of Princess Diana.

2. Princess Diana Broke The Royal Code Even Before Officially Becoming A Royal

The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles was all the media could talk about for days on end before and after the event. During the Royal wedding, she broke the Royal code by omitting parts of her vows.

DIana 

She did not say that she would "obey" the Prince of Wales as per the traditional Book of Common Prayer but would ''love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health.''. Preceding Royal Women Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle also did not include obey in their vows.

3. A Temple Has Been Erected In Her Family’s Island Which Is Also Her Final Resting Place

Diana’s tragic death shook the world like an earthquake and people from all over the world were deeply saddened by her passing.

The temple dedicated to the memory of Princess Diana
The temple dedicated to the memory of Princess Diana

She is buried on Althorp Estate in Northampton and a temple dedicated to the Late Princess has been erected in her family’s island in her memory where well-wishers can pay their respects.

4. She Loved Ballet But Was Too Tall

Standing at 5 feet 10 inches (178cm) tall she was too tall to follow her dream of becoming a ballerina. She loved dancing and many people close to her have said that she had danced in her soul.

Diana dancing at a venue
Diana dancing at a venue

She even danced with John Travolta at a gala at the White House in a famous gown dubbed the Travolta Dress.

5. Diana Spent A Lot Of Time And Money For Charitable Causes And Philanthropy

Although almost all people know how charitable Diana was many people do not know that she raised millions of dollars and risked her life for charitable causes. A famous photo of her walking on a minefield in Angola protesting the use of mines became iconic.

Diana helped a lot of at risk children
Diana helped a lot of at risk children 

To add to this she raised millions of dollars for charity from her dresses alone. Her charitable nature and dedication to the welfare of people all over the world are one of the main reasons why she was so beloved by the public.

6. The Royal Family Revoked Her Title As Princess After Her Divorce

Controversy rarely left the Royal couple as rumors of infidelity and fights between them were always surfacing. The rumors turned out to be true and they divorced on August 28, 1996, a year before Diana died in a car crash.

Diana's title as HRH was revoked after her divorce
Diana's title as HRH was revoked after her divorce 

She was no longer officially addressed as ‘Her Royal Highness’ as her title was revoked. Reports also say that the Queen was not against letting her retain the title but Prince Charles wanted the title removed.

A famous promise by Prince William a year before her death was that he would give back the title to his mother after he became King.  His quote goes ‘I will give it back when I am KING’ referring to the revoked title of his mother. ­

7. Lady Diana Gave Prince William The Nickname Of Wombat

During a family trip to Australia, they saw a wombat which is an animal native to the land down under. After which she began calling HRH Prince William, ‘Wombat’.

Lady Diana with a young prince William
Lady Diana with a young prince William 

In an interview in 2007, Prince William said that­ she called him wombat out of love and maybe because he did resemble the creature a bit.

8. Lady Di Raised Her Boys In The Most Normal Way She Could

Breaking Royal protocol was not new to Princess Diana and she did not take liberty on this fact when it came to her sons too.

Diana with her boys when they were young
Diana with her boys when they were young 

She insisted that she wanted to give the Princes the most normal upbringing she could provide. She also made her children down to earth as evidenced by a note left by Prince William to his chauffeur that went

 “Thank you for the James Bond video it is brilliant. Thank you. See you soon. With love from William.”

This humility and thankfulness extended even when Prince Harry served in the army when he served with the Gurkhas and thanked them for their service to Queen and country.

9. The Duchess of Cambridge Loved ABBA And The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Late Princess Diana was a huge fan of ABBA and even played their song at her wedding she also loved The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  

Lady Di loved ABBA and The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Lady Di loved ABBA and The Rocky Horror Picture Show

She also thanked Tim Curry for making the movie when she met her.

10. The People’s Princess Was The First Princess To Have A Paying Job

Her uniqueness in the Royal family was further cemented by the fact that she was the first ever Princess to have a paying job.

Princess Diana was the first Royal bride to have a paying job
Princess Diana was the first Royal bride to have a paying job 

To add to this she was also the first Royal bride to have a university degree.

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