By: Honey Good
“THE PEOPLE’S PRINCESS”
The official name given to Princess Diana by Tony Blair.
As little girls we all dream of being a princess and one day meeting our Prince Charming on a white horse and living happily ever after. Here is the life story of a real princess, Princess Diana. Her story is a tragedy, not the fairytale we dreamed of as little girls. The moral of this story is, you don’t have to marry a Prince to be a Princess.
The Princess was born at Park House, Sandringham in Norfolk, England on July 1, 1961. She became Lady Diana Spencer after her father inherited the title Earl Spencer in 1975. Diana married Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne and became Princess Diana of Wales on July 29th, 1981. She gave birth to two sons, Prince William in 1982 and Prince Harry in 1984. She was divorced in 1996 and died in an automobile crash the night of August 30, 1997. In her short thirty-six years of life she attained worldwide fame as a captivating and global influencer.
The Fairy Tale of Princess Diana
The Spencer family had been close to the British Royal Family since the 1600’s. It may have played a role 4 centuries later in bringing the Princess and Charles together! Diana’s maternal grandmother was close to Queen Elizabeth, The Queen mother. Though her parents divorced when Diana was eight years old she spent a lot of her growing up years at Park House situated almost next door to the Queen’s home, Sandringham Estate, where she spent time with her friends’ Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. They were close in age.
Diana longed for a united home life. After her parents divorced, it is said that her life was chaotic and isolated. After the divorce her mother took two of her four children, Diana and her young brother, Charles, to live in London’s Knightsbridge, separating her from her two sisters. Christmas was spent with their father, at Park House. Her father eventually sued for custody of the children, because of their mother’s infidelity, and won his case. Diana and her brother moved back to Park House.
Diana was close to her wonderful father. Not long after he won custody he began an affair with the daughter of the novelist Barbara Cartland, Raine Legge, Countess of Dartmouth. They finally married and unfortunately the new step-mother was never accepted. It was very unpleasant for Diana and her siblings to be exposed to their parent’s infidelities and remarriages.
Diana eventually went to West Heath boarding school. She left, West Heath, for Switzerland where she studied at the Institut Alpin Videmanette. She loved dance, but was too tall and she loved children. After graduation she returned to London and became a kindergarten teacher at the Young England School.
The Princess met her Prince at a garden party. He was dating her older sister, Sara.
“Meeting him was her dream. “I met him. I met him at last!” she told her Nanny. The nanny went on, “She adored Charles and had pictures of him all over her room.”
During their courtship and married life Charles was having an affair with Camilla Shand. They had a controversial relationship. They became a couple before he met Diana but the relationship was put on hold when Charles left to join the Royal Navy and the relationship abruptly ended.
It was rumored that the Queen Mother did not approve of a marriage between Charles and Camilla because she wanted Charles to marry one of the Spencer family granddaughters. Remember the family ties going back to the 1600’s! And there was Uncle Lord Mountbatten who wanted Charles to marry his granddaughter! Others say Camilla did not want to marry Charles and that Charles did not want to marry until he was thirty. No one really knows.
Over all, the majority of royal biographers agree that marriage should have taken place between Charles and Camilla. Unfortunately the palace found Camilla unsuitable as the wife of a future king. Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowls. Upon learning of the marriage Charles wrote to his uncle, “I suppose the feeling of emptiness will pass eventually.” In 1981, Charles married Diana Spencer.”
It is said that the Prince of Wales was racked with sudden doubts, telling his aide the night before the wedding, “I can’t go through with this.”
Diana knew the Prince was holding a torch for Camilla and told her sisters, I can’t marry him, I can’t do this. This is absolutely unbelievable.”
Her sisters responded, ”It is absolutely too late to pull out. Your face is already on the tea towels!”
Her biographers note that Diana did not know Charles did not want to marry her.
And so it came to pass that Charles and Diana married in a spectacular ceremony that was broadcast around the world. Diana was now a Princess. It was considered the wedding of the century. The couple had their first child William in 1982 and their second Harry was born in 1984.
She was a wonderful mother, breaking from the old school of royal rearing. She took her sons to McDonalds and Disneyland! The boys had Nannies but she was an on hand’s mother.
The Princess traveled near and far during her short life supporting many causes but her favorites were her battle against land mines and Aides. She became the most photographed woman in the world. Princess Diana was an icon and is to this day.
The Prince admitted in his biography that his relationship rekindled with Camilla, who divorced, in 1986, four years after he married Diana. “My marriage has irretrievably broken down,” were his words. He stated his relationship with Camilla was ‘non-negotiable. The Prince and Princess eventually separated.
In 1996, Diana, Princess of Wales and the Prince were finally divorced. During the years of separation she had several affairs; one with a Pakistani physician who it is noted she deeply loved. He broke up the relationship.
The Princess who should have been Queen lived a sad life. Her words, “I want someone to love me…to look after me.”
During her separation and divorce Princess Diana maintained a huge degree of popularity. Everywhere she traveled she was adored. She met her untimely death on the night of August 30, 1996 in Paris when the car she was riding in, trying to escape the paparazzi, crashed. The entire world mourned her loss. Our beautiful Princess was gone at the young age of thirty-six. Not a happy fairytale ending.
Her two sons, one the future King of England and her grandchildren will carry on her legacy. She will be remembered in history as: Diana Princess of Wales, the mother of a King.
I wrote this story with a heavy heart because her life and death was truly tragic. I wish Princess Diana were still alive and happily married to her Prince Charming. I wish she had been here to watch her sons develop into men, to attend the wedding of William, and hold her grandchildren. I wish she could have been the Queen of England. I wish… I wish… I am sure you are wishing with me.
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