|Princess Diana Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||July 1, 1961|
Princess Diana was the Princess of Wales and a member of the British royal family. She was an active humanitarian and style icon who still influences the society. An avant-garde, she broke many traditions in order to spread awareness regarding various issues. A lover of ballet and all things musical, she was a loving mother and dearly loved her two sons. The entire world mourned the death of the beloved Princess of Wales on August 31, 1997.
Diana Frances Spencer
Lady Di, People’s Princess, The Queen of Hearts, The Princess of Hearts, Shy Di, England’s Rose, Princess Di
Princess Diana was born on July 1, 1961, at 7:45 pm.
She died on August 31, 1997, in a fatal car accident in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris. Princess Diana was only 36 when she breathed her final breaths in Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France.
Her burial took place on September 6, 1997, at Lake Round Oval, Althorp, Northamptonshire, England.
Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England
Kensington Palace and Highgrove House, near Tetbury, England
Princess Diana was homeschooled during her initial years by her governess, Gertrude Allen. She then went to Silfield Private School in Gayton, Norfolk, to commence her formal education. At the age of 9, she went to an all-girls boarding school, Riddlesworth Hall School, near Thetford.
In 1973, she attended the West Heath Girls’ School in Sevenoaks, Kent, where her sisters were also studying at that time. She never excelled in academics but her astounding community spirit didn’t go unnoticed and she was rewarded for the same at West Heath. She enjoyed ballet and took lessons to hone her skills.
In 1978, Princess Diana went to a finishing school in Rougemont, Switzerland, namely, Institut Alpin Videmanette, which she attended for a term.
Princess of Wales
- Father – John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer
- Mother – Frances Shand Kydd
- Siblings – Lord Spencer (Young Brother), Lady Jane Fellowes (Older Sister), Lady Sarah McCorquodale (Older Sister)
- Others – Prince George of Cambridge (Older Grandson), Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (Granddaughter), Prince Louis of Cambridge (Younger Grandson), Queen Elizabeth II (Former Mother-in-law), Prince Philip (Former Father-in-law), Albert Edward John Spencer (Paternal Grandfather), Lady Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton Spencer (Paternal Grandmother), Edmund Maurice Burke Roche (Maternal Grandfather), Ruth Sylvia Gill Roche, Baroness Fermo (Maternal Grandmother), Peter Shand Kydd (Stepfather), Raine Spencer (Stepmother), Barbara Cartland (Step-Grandmother), Guy Van Pelt (Second Cousin), Humphrey Bogart (Seventh Cousin)
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
59 kg or 130 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Princess Diana had dated –
- Prince Charles (1980-1996) – Charles, Prince of Wales, was dating her sister, Lady Sarah, when Lady Diana met him for the very first time in November 1977. They both took notice of one another and Charles saw a potential bride in Lady Diana. The relationship acquired pace and Lady Diana was invited to Baltimore to meet the royal family in November 1980. He eventually proposed to her on February 6, 1981, and they were officially engaged on February 24, 1981. She was only 20 years old when the couple got married on July 29, 1981, and she became the ‘Princess of Wales’. Their wedding was regarded to be a fairytale wedding. The couple parented two children, Prince William (born June 21, 1982) and Prince Harry (born September 15, 1984). The couple divorced on August 28, 1996, after issues like major age difference, extramarital affairs, and incompatibility found their way into the relationship.
- James Hewitt (1986-1991) – Diana, Princess of Wales had an affair with the British Military Serviceperson and royal family’s former riding instructor, James Hewitt. They started dating in 1986 and Prince Charles was aware of his wife’s extramarital affair. The duo dated for more than 5 years but eventually broke up in 1991.
- Oliver Hoare (1991-1995) – She was claimed to be dating the British Curator, Oliver Hoare, by the News of the World citing that she made numerous phone calls to him. But Princess denied any such claims and referred to him as a friend.
- James Gilbey (1992-1993) – It was rumored that the former British actor, James Gilbey, had an affair with the Princess. One of her former bodyguards revealed that a scandalous conversation of the two was also recorded by the intelligence and security organization, GCHQ.
- Theodore Forstmann (1994-1995) – Media also linked Princess Diana to the British business professional, Theodore Forstmann, but nothing was confirmed about these claims.
- John F. Kennedy Jr. (1995) – The Princess was also linked with the American business professional, John Kennedy Jr. in 1995.
- Will Carling (1995) – The former English rugby union player, Will Carling, was also rumored to have hooked up with the Princess but nothing was proven about the claims.
- Hasnat Khan (1995-1997) – In 1995, the affair between Princess Diana and the British-Pakistani Punjabi heart surgeon, Hasnat Khan, commenced. After her death, some of her friends said that she described him as the love of her life and as Mr. Wonderful. Diana’s mother was against her daughter’s affair with a Muslim man. Diana also visited Lahore in May 1996 and met his family. Their relationship lasted for 2 years and it wasn’t confirmed who ended it.
- Dodi Fayed (1997) – He was the son of the Egyptian businessman, Mohamed Al-Fayed. Diana and Dodi started dating soon after she broke up with Hasnat Khan. They fell in love after a food fight on his father’s yacht. They were both killed in the car crash in Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris.
Race / Ethnicity
Princess Diana was of English, Scottish, French, German, part Irish, Anglo-Irish, with traces of 1/64th or 1/128th Indian, along with some European Royal, Welsh, Danish, Channel Islander/Jersey, Belgian, and likely 1/128th Armenian descent.
Short Blonde Hair
9 (US) or 39.5 (EU) or 6.5 (UK)
Best Known For
- Being a member of the British royal family as the wife of Charles, Prince of Wales
- Her humanitarian contributions
First TV Show
Princess Diana made her TV show debut on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) produced TV series, Gala Performance, on October 29, 1982.
Princess Diana was conscious about her health and worked out to maintain her daily radiance. She focused on eating healthy and asked her chef to prepare fat-free versions of dishes.
Once she was working out at the LA Fitness as she was photographed by the gym owner, Bryce Taylor. The pictures were later published by the Mirror Group Newspapers. This act was highly criticised and legal actions were also taken and Diana decided to restrict her public life.
Princess Diana Favorite Things
- Color – Pink
- Designer – Catherine Walker
- Song – Chris De Burgh’s ballad “The Lady in Red”
- Band – Duran Duran
- Photographer – Mario Testino
Princess Diana Facts
- Diana was baptized at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on August 30, 1961.
- She had a brother named John who was born a year before Diana’s birth but, he died within 10 hours of his birth on January 12, 1960.
- Diana grew up in Park House, situated on the Sandringham estate, which her parents leased from its owner, Queen Elizabeth II.
- During her childhood, Princess Diana used to play with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward whenever the royal family came to holiday at the neighboring Sandringham House.
- She loved animated movies.
- The Spencer family had been close allies of the royal family since many generations and both of Diana’s grandmothers served as ladies-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
- Her parents divorced when she was only 7 and Diana had a considerably bad relationship with her stepmother whom she once pushed down the stairs.
- But her relationship with her stepmother improved significantly during the years before her death in 1997 while she wasn’t on speaking terms with her birth mother by the time of her death.
- Diana described her childhood as highly unstable and unhappy due to the constrained relationship between her parents.
- She wasn’t a bright student and failed her O-levels twice but since her early years, she was dedicated to the cause of serving the downtrodden.
- She excelled in music, dance, swimming, and diving, and was a trained pianist and profusely studied ballet and tap dance.
- She was very compassionate about ballet and wanted to be a ballerina.
- She was the first royal bride who had a paying job before her engagement.
- Diana worked as a dance instructor, playgroup pre-school assistant, hostess for parties, nanny for an American family living in London, and nursery teacher’s assistant at the Young England School in Pimlico.
- She was only 16 when she met Prince Charles who was dating Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah, at that time.
- Her engagement ring was similar to her mother’s engagement ring and consisted of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-carat white gold.
- Fashion designer Elizabeth Emanuel claimed that Diana transformed her 26-inch/27-inch waist to a 23-inch waist for her wedding.
- After her death, the ring was passed on to his son, Prince William, and her wedding dress was passed on to Prince Harry.
- Diana was the 1st Englishwoman in 300 years to marry an heir apparent.
- In March 1981, Diana made her first public appearance in a charity ball at Goldsmiths’ Hall.
- Her wedding with Prince Charles was watched by a global television audience of 750 million people and over 600,000 spectators lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the newly wedded royal.
- She wasn’t just another royal bride and broke down several traditions which included her not saying that she would “obey” her husband, which was the part of a traditional vow.
- When she was pregnant with her first child, Prince William, she intentionally fell down the stairs as she felt “so inadequate”, but the fetus remained uninjured.
- The Queen highly condemned British media when pictures of a pregnant Diana in a bikini were published in media in February 1982 and called it “the blackest day in the history of British journalism”.
- Unlike the royal custom of giving birth in the palace, she chose to have her child in a hospital.
- She confirmed that the happiest period of her relationship with Charles was when she was pregnant with her second child, Prince Harry.
- Diana knew the s*x of her second child but didn’t share the information even with Charles until she gave birth to Prince Harry.
- There were false accusations that Prince Harry’s father was James Hewitt, with whom Diana later had an affair, due to the similarities in their appearances but those similarities arose from Harry’s ancestry which upset his father as he looked like a Spencer.
- She was immensely involved in the lives of her two sons and herself chose a nanny, decided their schools, chose their first given names and planned her schedule according to their timetables.
- Her relationship with Charles suffered due to their incompatibility and an age difference of 13 years. Moreover, Charles also resumed his relationship with former girlfriend Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana started one with James Hewitt.
- Their extramarital affairs were exposed in Andrew Morton’s book, Diana: Her True Story.
- Her bodyguard, Barry Mannakee, was transferred to the Diplomatic Protection Squad in 1986 after the speculations of their affair arose. He later died in a motorcycle accident.
- Referring to Charles relationship with Camilla, Diana said in an interview that “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
- She once referred to Camilla Parker Bowles as a rottweiler.
- She opined that Prince Charles wasn’t suitable for kingship.
- According to the book Diana: Her True Story, her suffering from bulimia started the week she got engaged when Prince Charles put his hand on her waistline and said, ‘Oh, a bit chubby here aren’t we?’
- She also suffered from depression and indulged several times in various acts of self-mutilation.
- After her divorce, Diana lost the style “Her Royal Highness” against the wishes of the Queen.
- She was called “People’s Princess” for a reason. She once hugged a seven-year-old child with AIDS and often touched people suffering from leprosy to make profound public impacts and change their mindsets towards the victims.
- She developed a dear relationship with Mother Teresa when she visited India in 1992 as both women were devoted towards working for the welfare of the outcasts and needy.
- Her final 36th birthday was celebrated at Tate Gallery.
- She had 17 godchildren.
- She worked for women empowerment, animal rights, people suffering from illnesses like AIDS and leprosy, associations working for homeless, youth, drug addicts, and the elderly, and also fought against the use of landmines.
- Her final official engagement was a visit to Northwick Park Hospital, London, on July 21, 1997.
- Diana used her celebrity status to spread awareness towards various issues.
- It was revealed in a book published by a former servant of the royal British household, Paul Burrell, in 2003, that her private letters revealed that her brother, Lord Spencer, didn’t allow her to live at Althorp, despite her request after the divorce.
- Only Diana’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, survived the fatal car crash which took away the lives of rest of the companions.
- Her funeral was watched by over 32.10 million of the British television audience which was one of the United Kingdom’s highest viewing figures ever.
- Elton John rewrote his song, Candle in the Wind, which was originally written about Marilyn Monroe, and performed it as a tribute to his dear friend, Diana, at her funeral service.
- It was the only time the song was ever performed live and all the global proceeds were donated to Diana’s charities.
- Coincidently, both Marilyn and Diana died at the age of 36.
- She was close friends with Lúcia Flecha de Lima, Rosa Monckton, Sarah Ferguson, Lana Marks, Lady Annabel Goldsmith and her daughter Jemima Khan, Selina Scott, along with Michael Jackson.
- A ballet of her life entitled “Diana” was one of the many tributes done in her honor.
- A South Asian singer, Hariharan, sang the song, “Diana Diana”, in the Tamil movie Kaadhal Kavidai (1998) as a tribute to her.
- The Princess was buried with a set of rosary beads placed in her hands which she received from Mother Teresa.
- Mother Teresa also died the same week as Princess Diana.
- Her grave rests on an island within the grounds of Althorp Park, Northamptonshire, England, UK.
- Many conspiracies arose with the sudden death of the beloved Princess and Mohamed Al-Fayed, father of Dodi Fayed, accused MI6 and the Duke of Edinburgh of planning the deadly car crash.
- Ten of her dresses including the famous Travolta dress, a midnight blue velvet gown which she wore to a 1985 state dinner at the White House where she also danced with John Travolta, raised over £800,000 at an auction in London.
- Along with the usual distribution of her assets after her death, Diana also left around $80,000 in cash for her butler Paul Burrell.
- Princess Diana was ranked as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century by Time magazine in 1999.
- BBC placed her above the Queen and other British monarchs, on number 3rd, on the poll of the 100 Greatest Britons taken in 2002.
- She was a classic and a style icon who still influences fashion and in an interview, famous Barbadian singer, Rihanna, said that she is greatly influenced by Princess’ style.
- Donatella Versace had worked closely with Princess Diana and stated that Diana’s interest in fashion grew majorly since her separation from Prince Charles.
- Jean-Pierre Jeunet used her death as a plot device for his critically acclaimed 2001 French romantic comedy movie, Amélie.
- A white blend rose cultivar is named Rosa ‘Princess of Wales’ in her honor by the British Lung Foundation.
- In July 1997, she holidayed for the last time with her sons in France.
- Social media websites were not present when she was alive. Hence, she wasn’t on social media.
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