“It must be remembered that of all the paradoxes surrounding Diana, this is perhaps the greatest: a girl named after the ancient goddess of hunting has become the most hunted person of modern times.”
It’s hard to forget those bitter words Charles Spencer said at his older sister’s funeral 25 years ago.
Diana, Princess of Wales, died at the age of 36 in a car accident on August 31, 1997 in Paris, along with her then partner Dodi Al Fayed and car driver Henri Paul. Only her badly injured bodyguard, Trevor Rhys-Jones, survived the accident.
A statue of Diana was unveiled in Kensington Park, London on July 1, 2021 – Lady Di was 60 years old that day
Shock, sadness and anger after the death of Diana
Diana’s death shocked the world. The circumstances surrounding her death caused a wave of grief and anger.
Because Lady Di, who was once “the most photographed woman in the world,” was literally chased by the paparazzi when her driver walked into a tunnel and got into an accident there. Thus, the popular media was blamed for her death. She was met with the wrath of her brother, two sons – Princes William and Harry – and the public.
In 1999, two years after the accident, French investigators blamed the driver Paul alone. He said he was driving under the influence of alcohol and was taking drugs. Nine years later, the jury of a British investigation came to a different conclusion: Paul and the paparazzi carts caused the accident with gross negligence.
Was the media used or used?
The 1995 BBC interview made headlines because Mrs. D was open about her life
What role did the princess play in creating such media hype? Opinions differ on this. Was her taste in fashion? Or Andrew Morton’s bestselling “Diana – Her True Story” from 1992? Did her 1995 interview with journalist Martin Bashir spark media greed, with the BBC being criticized for “failing to meet high standards of integrity and transparency”?
In that interview with Bashir to the BBC’s Panorama programme, Diana said: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit tight” – referring to the extramarital affair between heir to the throne Prince Charles and his now wife Camilla. Parker Bowles.
She also talked about her own affairs, bulimia and suicide attempts due to the very difficult life in the royal palace. The interview was a sensation.
AIDS patient’s handshake
This did not diminish her popularity with the British, which is probably due to the fact that she led a life that a large number of people would recognize: as an obedient but unfair wife, as a loving and loyal mother, as a charming fashion designer, as a realistic queen, as a pop music lover, and an avid dancer, as well as a compassionate advocate for the homeless and the sick.
Diana also used her fame to raise awareness of the dangers of landmines
Insider.com described her decision to break royal protocol by shaking hands with an unidentified AIDS patient without gloves in 1987 as “one of humanity’s greatest moments.” Later, she also campaigned against landmines and to promote art.
This is how she achieved the status of a pop culture icon. Since then, every little thing in her life has provided material to recount her life – in documentaries, interviews, films, award-winning Netflix series, and even in a musical.
Diana on the cover of Andrew Morton’s book Diana – Her True Story
She wanted to be the “Queen of Hearts”.
When Diana’s death was announced on August 31, 1997, Tony Blair, then British Prime Minister, addressed the media. He was the first to choose the words “People’s Princess”.
“You know how difficult things are for her, I’m sure we can only guess. But people everywhere – not just here in the UK, everywhere – have been loyal to Princess Diana,” said Blair. “They loved her, they loved her, they considered her one of the people. She was the ‘People’s Princess.’ And as such, she will forever remain in our hearts and memories.”
Born Diana Frances Spencer, the princess received several titles after her marriage to Prince Charles. But after the divorce, she lost the title of “Her Royal Highness”, which reportedly upset her greatly. Because it was also said that she would never become Queen of England.
In an interview with the notorious BBC Panorama, she revealed the role she wants to play: “I want to be the Queen of Hearts, in people’s hearts.”
This may explain the nearly 2.5 billion people who watched her funeral 25 years ago — and why she still shapes pop culture today.
English quote: Stefan Digg