Princess Diana’s HRH title may have been removed when she and Prince Charles got divorced. However, Diana made it perfectly clear in the famous Panorama that she prefers being the “queen of people’s hearts.” And Princess Diana had definitely filled that role.
Diana joined the royal family when she got married, at only 20-years-old. Thinking about the traditions as outdated she went about breathing new life into the institution.
One of the major ways she did that was in her interactions with the people. She knew how important is to break down the barriers very quickly, and she made a big effort to connect with them.
You all must be asking yourselves: How did she do this? And the answer is so genius: by watching soap operas!
“If I go out and about, whether it be to Birmingham, Liverpool or Dorset, I can always pick up on a TV program and you are on the same level.” She said, “That I decided for myself. It works so well. Everybody watches it and I say, ‘Did you see so and so? Wasn’t it funny when this or that happened?’ You are not the princess and they the general public — it’s the same level”- Princess Diana revealed to the author Andrew Morton.
It is obvious that her method worked. Lady Diana liked to wear disguises too. Therefore, she could mingle with the people. When going incognito, she usually wore a black wig. Once, she gave Freddie Mercury permission to dress her as a man so she could go to a gay bar.
One of Diana’s major goals was to instill a sense of normalcy in her sons’ lives. She wanted them to do the same things as other children their age. Whenever she picked them up from school, they would go to the local supermarket Sainsbury’s for a bag of Twiglets snacks. Diana would give William and Harry pocket money and take them to The London Dungeon, the zoo, and the cinema. And most interesting of all is that, at Christmas, the royal brothers waited in line like any other kid to meet Santa.
When then-Prime Minister Tony Blair alluded to Diana as “The People’s Princess” even 20 years after her death, he identified what she was all the people around the world.
There is no doubt, she would be proud that her boys are continuing what she began.
Prince William shared that he will take the same parenting approach with George and Charlotte as mother did with him. “I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there. I will fight for them to have a normal life.”