Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales

Lady Diana was born on 1st July 1961 to Edward John Spencer, a man who had inherited the title of Spencer in 1975.  She had two older sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale and an elder brother, Charles Spencer.

Later in her life, she started dating Prince Charles, an heir to the British Throne, who was thirteen years senior to her. The relationship had started in 1977 and the couple got married in 1981. The wedding took place at St.Paul’s Cathedral in the presence of 2650 guests and after the wedding proceedings, the couple departed home to the royal palace through the streets of London.

The couple had two sons together: William and Harry, who are now widely known as Prince William and Prince Harry. Both were born in 1982 and 1984 respectively. 

The couple started having regular conflicts and the things did not seem to get along with each other later in their lives. The couple had announced separation in 1992 while they too officially announced their divorce in 1996. The two had become estranged over the later part of their marriage, while Diana too suffered from depression and bulimia on the other side. Diana, however, still retained her title of ‘Princess of Wales’ despite ending her marriage with the Princes Charles.

Following the sad experience of her divorce and getting overwhelmed by her royal life, she decided to devote her life to her children and for charitable work, which included raising awareness about the various hazards of the landmines that were leftover after the severe Angolan War. Despite not actively taking part in the royal affairs, she still maintained a very high level of popularity with the general public. 

She had been reportedly fallen in love with Hasnat Khan, a Pakistani heart surgeon. Later she too was reported to be seeing the Egyptian heartthrob, Dodi Fayed who she had met at a polo match in 1986. The couple openly dated in the summer of 1997 and spent time in cities like Paris. The royal family, however, did not approve of this relationship and labeled them just as friends throughout the media.

While traveling in Paris with Dodi Fayed, the couple’s car met a severe car accident and her amour died on spot. Diana too succumbed to her wounds after some time and she too embraced death. She died on 31st August 1997, having turned 36 recently. 

Her shocking death was aggrieved by her fans across the globe. Thousands of mourners, along with 15-year old William and 12-year old William joined the proceedings of her funeral rites. While, an estimated 2.5 billion people watched the ceremony of her funeral on television.