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The People’s Princess: Diana Of Wales

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"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you" (Diana, Princess of Wales). Princess Diana was one of the world’s most beloved and recognizable figures. Diana exemplified beauty and style, yet she was more than a pretty face as she changed the way the public looks at modern monarchies through her humanitarian efforts and down to earth approach.
Diana’s life seemed like a charmed one. She was the daughter of nobility chosen to marry the Prince of England. “Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961–97, was wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne. The daughter of the 8th Earl Spencer, Lady Diana Frances Spencer was a kindergarten teacher in London before her 1981 marriage to Charles” (Princess of Wales, Diana). Diana was chosen specifically for her youth and beauty so that she could produce attractive and healthy offspring for the British monarchy. They needed a male heir and a spare. She delivered on her end of the deal when William was born in 1982, and Harry, in 1994 (Princess of Wales, Diana). Diana was supposed to do whatever she was told by the royal family, and produce sons. Her personal happiness was not a factor. Her husband had an ongoing affair with his long time love Camilla Parker-Bowles during most of his marriage to Diana. They fought constantly, and it didn’t help that she often stole the spotlight with her effortless grace and beauty.
Diana, Princess of Wales was known throughout the world as a trend setter. She was always being photographed for her fashion sense and constantly topped the “Best Dressed” lists. Even now, seventeen years after her death, she is an influence on fashion. “Princess Diana’s style has been described as 'gangsta' by singer Rihanna. The S&M diva has revealed her unlikely fashion icon in the November issue of Glamour magazine, saying: 'You know who is the best who ever did it? Princess Diana. She was like - she killed it. Every look was right. She was gangsta with her clothes. I loved everything she wore'” (Dunn). Her beauty and style made her an international icon and more in the public eye, which angered the royal family. However, being in the public eye made it easier for her to do what she really loved- her humanitarian work.
“Part of her beloved legacy is her generosity and compassion for children and the sick throughout the world. Princess Diana took part in more than 100 organizations and causes in the arts, in medicine, in science and in housing. She also fought against land mines and embraced AIDS patients” (Late Princess). Diana left a legacy of caring for others-especially children and minorities throughout the world. Her work with people who had been injured because of land mines was her first serious humanitarian work. “After divorcing Prince Charles in 1996, Diana focused intensely on a handful of charities and expanded her efforts to help victims of landmines, particularly children. She...

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