Princess Diana spent the vast majority of her time working with over 100 charities around the world. This is why she earned the nickname “The People’s Princess” because it was clear that she truly cared about normal people. Unfortunately, this charity work got her into some trouble with members of the royal family, especially when she began to fly overseas to help people in need. Some believed that this was taking too strong of a political stance on certain issues, but she completely ignored their advice.
Her two sons William and Harry were often brought with her on these trips. This taught them a sense of humility and the joy of charity work. Even as an adult, Prince William still found joy in helping people, which is why he worked as an EMT helicopter pilot. Prince Harry also still passionately helps to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. After she passed away, her two sons continued to help with contributing to the many charities that Princess Diana once did.
7. Princess Diana’s Favorite Meal Was Stuffed Bell Peppers
The royal chef Darren McGrady worked with Princess Diana for 4 years. In the beginning, he was shocked to see that she would casually walk around the kitchens, and rarely stuck to the royal menu. Early in the morning, she enjoyed watching the chefs cook her meals, because it helped her relax. One morning, she walked into the kitchen asking Darren for a cup of coffee, but then realized that he was already cooking. ‘‘Nevermind, I can see you’re busy. I’ll make it. Would you like one?” He was shocked, because a princess was making him- a servant- a cup of coffee. It was far more relaxed than his experience working at Kensington Palace.
After she conquered bulimia, Diana was determined to manage her weight in a healthy way. She switched over to a predominantly vegetarian diet. Occasionally, she enjoyed salmon, and only ate lamb if she was entertaining guests. Stuffed bell peppers were her dinner 4 days a week. Instead of beef and rice, the stuffing was made from chopped vegetables, spices, and rice. On the nights where she ate the same meal as her sons, she would request that the chef make her a healthier version of what the boys ate, but they never noticed the difference.
6. She Specifically Made Michael Jackson Play ‘Dirty Diana’ For Her
In 1988, Michael Jackson went on a world tour. He was going to remove “Dirty Diana” from his set list in London, out of respect for her. As a huge fan of his music, Diana wanted to meet Michael Jackson personally in a meet-and-greet before the concert. She had listened to his albums Thriller and Bad several times. When she heard that he wasn’t going to play the song, she asked him to put it back, because she actually loved it. At the very last minute, Michael Jackson had to add “Dirty Diana” back to the set list.
According to Biography, Diana and Michael Jackson formed a close friendship. They would often call one another on the phone at night to vent about the stresses of living in the public eye. At the time, they were both married with children. Michael Jackson would often wake up around 3 AM to receive these late-night phone calls from Diana. They mutually felt close to one another, because they were some of the only people who could understand how terrible it was to be stalked by paparazzi and protect young children from the press.
5. Just Before Her Death, Princess Diana Was Reading A Book About Reincarnation
According to Dr. Brian Weiss in his book Messages From The Masters, he said that he received a phone call from Kensington Palace in 1997. Princess Diana had just finished reading one of his books, Only Love is Real: A Story of Soulmates Reunited. As the title suggests, this was all about reincarnation, and finding your soulmate in another lifetime. Dr. Weiss was excited that he received a phone call from the former princess, and quickly created a care package of his other books as well a CD of his guided past life regression hypnosis therapy called Regression in Times and Places.
After the phone call, Dr. Weiss agreed to give Diana a therapy session the next time he visited London. Tragically, Diana died just a few weeks later, and he never got the opportunity to meet her face-to-face. However, he speculated that Diana believed that Dodi Fayed was her soulmate since they appeared to be so much in love. In his book, Dr. Weiss says that he hopes his message helped Diana in some way before her passing. Weiss has helped many celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey.
4. Princess Diana’s Funeral at Westminster Abbey Broke Royal Protocol
Princess Diana’s funeral was held at Westminster Abbey. Technically, the protocol was that she should not have been able to have her funeral there, even though she was the princess for several years, and gave birth to future kings. Normally, Westminster Abbey is reserved for members of the royal family. At the time of her death, Diana had divorced Prince Charles, so she was no longer a member of the family. But Charles chose to break the rules in order to honor her with a funeral fit for a princess. For the first time in history, the Union Jack flag was flown at half-mast at Buckingham Palace. Her body was flown on a royal flight, and her coffin was draped in a Royal Standard flag.
However, many believe this was more of a publicity stunt to gain favor with the public, rather than something Charles did out of respect for his ex-wife and the mother of his children. The public loved Princess Diana, and they sided with her over the Queen. Also, with all of the conspiracy theories and rumors floating around that the royal family was to blame for her death, it would have made the royals look even worse if they banished her to a commoner’s funeral. At the end of the day, everyone seemed to agree that she deserved the beautiful funeral that was given to her.
3. Elton John Sang “Candle in the Wind” in Memory of Princess Diana, But it was Originally About Marilyn Monroe
Some of you out there may have heard that Elton John wrote “Candle in the Wind” in honor of Princess Diana, since he sang it at her funeral in 1997. Well, that’s not quite right. Originally, the song was written for Marilyn Monroe, but he rewrote the same song to fit Princess Diana. The lyrics begin “Goodbye, England’s Rose,” instead of “Goodbye, Norma Jean.” This song became the largest selling single in 1997, and it played on the radio throughout the world, making the Marilyn Monroe version practically forgotten, unless you were a music nerd.
Princess Diana was actually friends with Elton John. The single sold 9 million copies. Instead of keeping the money, Elton John honored her memory by donating it all to the Dianna Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. During an interview with Oprah, Elton said that during the funeral, he had to stay professional and composed to get through the song. But when he got home and watched back the tape, he broke down in tears. He swore to never sing the Princess Diana version live again, because it’s far too painful.
2. The Entire Country Mourned, and Created Public Tributes to Diana
When Princess Diana died in 1997, the whole world mourned. Even as a child in the United States, I still remember when she died. But of course, nowhere on Earth was in deeper mourning than the United Kingdom. There were huge public tributes to Princess Diana all throughout London. Thousands of bouquets of flowers lined up along the front lawn of Kensington Palace. The pile of flowers outside of Buckingham Palace was so huge, it was 5 feet deep. Throughout London, there were other small shrines set up in her memory.
Prince Harry, who was 12 at the time, talked about what that was like in a documentary called Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, which is available on HBO. “It was very, very strange after her death, the sort of outpouring of love and emotion from so many people that had never even met her.”Today, people still leave flowers at the gates of Buckingham and Kensington Palace on the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, even though over 23 years have passed.
1. There Will Be a Princess Diana Statue at Kensington Palace
After Princess Diana’s death, her sons Prince William and Harry took over the Princess Diana Memorial Foundation in Hyde Park. If you have ever visited England, you already know that there are statues of kings and queens in public parks and in front of palaces throughout the country. Since Diana was no longer a princess when she died, one was never made of her. William and Harry began planning the commission for the statue back in 2017, on the 20-year anniversary of her death.
The statue is currently scheduled to be erected on On July 1, 2021, where it will be placed in front of Kensington Palace. There is already a grand statue of Queen Victoria standing in front of the palace, since it was her former home. Now, finally, Diana can also be memorialized in the same way. During a press release, the princes said, “Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy.” Just like her funeral in Westminster Abbey, this surely goes against royal protocol. But the Queen has reportedly said that she fully supports this endeavor.
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