It’s no secret that Diana Princess of Wales was one of the most beloved members of the royal family. That said, her life was filled with lots of family drama, controversy, and major shakeups. But even with all that she still managed to play a key role in the shaping of the future of the British monarchy.
Want to know more about the most controversial member of the royal family? From breaking royal family rules to earning to the Queen’s respect, we share fun facts about the Diana Princess of Wales.
She Was Affectionate
Before Diana Princess of Wales, the royal family didn’t seem like the warmest and most loving of families in the public eye. But with the arrival of Diana, this all changed as she played and interacted with her children.
She Broke Down Barriers
It’s no secret that Diana was the queen of breaking down barriers-especially those regarding her family. She used the public power that she had to break down the walls that the monarchy built to protect themselves and went as far as to hug and shake hands with the fans that greeted her on her official engagements.
Today it wouldn’t be an official engagement without some love from the public. And Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no strangers to a handshake and hug.
She Inspired Them To Have More Fun
Diana loved to have fun. And some of this fun-loving might have rubbed off on the Queen herself. This is especially true for the Queen’s cameo at the 2012 London Olympics. It was a shocking moment-one that even surprised her own grandchildren-when she was involved in a playful opening that featured her skydiving into the Olympic Stadium with James Bond (Daniel Craig).
She Didn’t Leave Her Children Out
In the past, it was not normal for royal figures to include their children in world tours. But Diana insisted on taking her children with her during her early years as a mother and now, her sons follow in her steps. Prince William and Kate Middleton travel with their children regularly.
She Insisted They Fly With Their Father
In addition, direct heirs never traveled by plane together. But the idea that her young son is not allowed to travel with his father seemed silly to Diana, so she demanded a change be made. Now, Prince William and Prince George board flights together.
Diana Princess Of Wales Wasn’t Afraid To Roll Up Her Sleeves
Although she was a princess, she wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty. This trait stuck out and made her even more loved by the public.
Now, her sons (and their spouses) are deeply involved in all kinds of causes and occasionally get their hands dirty as well.
She Created A Sense Of Normalcy
While it didn’t look like it at the time, Princess Diana shaped the future of the royal family in how she raised her sons. Through Prince William and Prince Harry’s upbringing, she created a sense of normalcy that continues to this day. With this, they seem more normal to us mere mortals.
She Was True To Herself
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Just because the Queen has the power to do basically anything she wants, that doesn’t mean that Diana didn’t. In her life, Diana empowered herself and even in her hardest times, she stayed true to what she believed in.
She Modernized Motherhood
Another major way she affected the royal family was when she “modernized motherhood” by giving birth to both of her sons at a hospital.
Before Diana, members of the royal family would give birth at their homes, castles or estates. But Diana brought the royal family in the modern world and changed the way how birth was handled in the royal family. Since then Prince William and Kate Middleton have had two (and soon to get a third) hospital births.
She Insisted That Her Children Go To Public Schools
Princess Diana affected the lives of her children in lots of ways, and one of them was to enroll them in public schools. With that, she also shaped the lives of her grandchildren. If it Prince William hadn’t attended a public school he wouldn’t have met and fallen in love with Kate Middleton, who he met at university.
She Allowed Her Emotion To Take Over
The Princess was a very emotional person, and she preached the positive impacts emotions can have on her two children. This has allowed Prince Harry to come forward and practice vulnerability with the public in regard to his mother’s death.
She Was Honest
One of her defining traits was, of course, her honest. And that’s a trait that she has passed on to her children. Prince Harry is known for his honesty in the public eye and we can help but conclude that its thanks to his mother.
She Even Changed Societal Views Of The Royal Family
Somehow, Princess Diana helped change the overall view of society of the royal family as a whole. She made them more accessible, more well-liked, and more normal to the public.
Her Life And Her Death Taught Them Lasting Lessons
While her life is filled with lessons, her death was responsible for teaching her in-laws about compassion, honesty, vulnerability and so much more.
In her death, it showed the royal family just how important it is to be more accessible to the public. And from that day- as it might seem-they vowed to try and be more like her.
She Had The Queens Respect
Lastly, Princess Diana’s life had a major impact on the queen, and not only because she was the mother of her grandchildren. At Diana’s funeral, the Queen bowed her head to Diana’s coffin, symbolizing her respect and admiration for the late Princess.