Profile of Princess Diana
The world was stunned by Diana´s death. Its controversial circumstances called into the question of
Hello I’m Milo for About.com and today we’re talking about the life of Princess Diana. Diana Frances Spencer was born on July 1st 1961 into an aristocratic British family which had long-standing links with the royal family. Diana had known Prince Charles, who was 13 years her senior, for some time as he had previously dated her elder sister, Sarah. It was in 1980, however, that Diana and Charles began their relationship and Diana was just 19 when their engagement was announced in February 1981 and her life changed irrevocably. The couple married at St Paul´s Cathedral in London on 29th July 1981 in a fairytale wedding seen around the world. Media interest in Diana reached fever-pitch and an enduring love-hate relationship with the press was born. The young Diana, with no previous experience in the public eye, was clearly overwhelmed, but she soon grew in confidence and was seen as a breath of fresh air in a previously stuffy institution. Always known for her tenderness and sympathy, Diana became passionately involved in a number of charities, a passion that would form a large part of her legacy. One of her most groundbreaking moments was when she enthusiastically shook hands with AIDS patients at a time of extreme public fear of the condition, a simple act of kindness and respect that further endeared her to millions. From the mid 1980s, her marriage had begun to suffer deep problems and there was talk of infidelities on both sides. Prince Charles had secretly returned to a previous partner, the now married Camilla Parker-Bowles, and the emotional stress on Diana led her to develop the eating disorder bulimia. By the early 1990s, the failure of the marriage was clear for all to see, and the couple now lived separate lives. Already the most photographed woman in the world, Diana´s image rarely left the front pages as the press followed her every move in the hope of revealing details of her love life. Both Diana and Charles attempted to tell their stories on television, with Diana´s famous Panarama interview of 1995 becoming the final straw for the Queen, who despite previously being firmly against the idea of a full divorce, changed her position and urged the couple to seek a divorce. This divorce was finalized on 28th August 1996. In the summer of 1997, Diana began a romance with Dodi Fayed, the son of Harrod´s owner Mohamed Al-Fayed. In the early hours of August 31th they left the Ritz hotel in Paris together but despite attempts to elude the press by first sending a decoy car, a large throng of paparazzi followed the princess´ car on motorbikes. As they entered the Pont de l´Alma tunnel at high speed, the driver, who was later found to be under the influence of alcohol, lost control and, in the resulting crash, Dodi was killed instantly and Diana was fatally injured. The world was stunned by Diana´s death and its controversial circumstances called into question the behavior of the media. For her charity work and for her effect on the British monarchy and public the world over, Diana´s legacy is still felt today.For more excellent, insightful, and interesting information on the 20th Century, check us out at About.com.