5 Interesting Facts About Diana, Princess Of Wales
Born Diana Spencer in July 1961, she went on to become one of the most talked about women of the century. Her royal marriage in 1981 was watched by millions and her tragic death in 1997 cemented her iconic status. Due to the many controversies surrounding her, that interest remains consistent to this day…
There has been much speculation whether the death of Princess Diana was an accident or the work of nefarious forces. To the cynics, whenever the subject is broached it’s usually passed off as too fantastic to be true. After all, this was a woman who was the mother of the future King of England and one of the most photographed and loved women in the world. What possible motive would there be? And that’s where it becomes just a little bit interesting.
On the 31st August 1997, Diana’s death was announced to a shocked world. She had suffered fatal injuries in a car crash in the Alma tunnel in Paris. Also killed were her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed and the driver, Henri Paul. Her bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones was seriously injured.
The inconsistencies in the details and reportage of the crash are quite revealing. It was initially claimed that the driver was drunk. None of the people who came into contact with him reported this and his friends stated he rarely drank. Allegations have arisen that Henri Paul was in the pay of various intelligence organisations.
Multiple witnesses observed a white Fiat Uno in the tunnel moments before the crash being driven erratically but the police did not attempt a wide search for this vehicle. It was later traced to a man who had connections with MI6. In 2000 his car was found abandoned, burnt out, with him inside.
Also, according to a retired British intelligence operative, numerous overseas intelligence forces held files on the princess, and some of their personnel were observed outside Diana’s hotel on the night in question, mingling with the paparazzi.
Add possible motives to these events, and it provokes our interest a little further. Diana had been campaigning for the worldwide ban on landmines, and she was garnering a lot of support for her cause. This is big business â meaning plenty of dollars could be lost if her influence wasn’t stopped.
It was rumoured that the princess was engaged to Dodi Fayed. He was the son of Mohamed Al Fayed, the wealthy owner of Harrods and not popular with the Establishment. Factor in Dodi was a Muslim, and she was thought to be in the early stages of pregnancy, and you get the picture. She was once described as a âloose cannon’ by those aligned against her. Is it possible she had become too troublesome?
4The Triple Marriage
âThere were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.’ That simple sentence from Princess Diana during a television interview with Martin Bashir in 1995 stunned viewers. Though it was meant for consumption by her adoring public, it was also another taunt aimed at the royal family whom she considered blameworthy for her estrangement.
The âother woman’ she was alluding to was Camilla Parker Bowles.
Prince Charles had known Camilla for many years before meeting Diana. Charles and Camilla were of the same stock, the same mind and nearer in age. Marriage was not on the agenda for them because by this stage Camilla was married to Andrew Parker Bowles.
It was thought by many that Charles might have had an affair with Camilla during his marriage to Diana, but subsequent information portrays their involvement as much deeper.
Apparently, Diana was the perfect foil and fitted perfectly to what both of them thought was âideal material’ for a future monarch.
It is said that Camilla was indispensable to Prince Charles and was a constant influence in his life before, during and after his marriage to Diana collapsed, both intimately and emotionally.
Paul Burrell had been Princess Diana’s butler since 1987 when he joined the staff at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire. This was the official residence of the Prince and Princess of Wales. Prior to this, he had been employed as a footman at Buckingham Palace since the mid-seventies rising to become the Queen’s butler.
There are conflicting accounts of how much Princess Diana relied on him. She famously described him as âher rock’, and Burrell’s comments only added to this. An alternative view put forward was that Burrell milked this perception and was not as close as the wider public were led to believe.
One fact is indisputable, though. In January 2001 the police raided the Cheshire home of Paul Burrell. The intelligence which motivated this police action remains unclear. Consequently, they removed several articles and Burrell was later charged and put on trial for theft. The items allegedly belonged to the now deceased, Diana. Remarkably the trial was halted before a decision could be reached. The reasons given for the discontinuance was certain details that could become public were harmful to the national interest.
2The People’s Princess
Princess Diana was famed for her charity work worldwide. Much like other royals, you might suggest â but she possessed an almost intangible quality that both awed and inspired those she met. The public perceived her as a rebel and loved her for it. Her death and funeral became a national event with an outpouring of grief almost unprecedented.
She was particularly remembered for her work involving AIDS charities, leprosy, children and the homelessness. Her legacy is continued in the shape of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
1Memorial and Burial Place
In July of 2004 Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, London. It is situated in the south-west corner near the Serpentine Lake and Gallery. The fountain was designed by Kathryn Gustafson and is meant to reflect Diana’s inclusive and open personality.
In 1998 Mohamed Al Fayed (Dodi’s father) installed his own commemoration in Harrods department store which he then owned. It includes pictures of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, a used wine glass, preserved, and the princess’s engagement ring. Harrods is now owned by the Qatar Investment Authority.
Princess Diana was laid to rest on a small island surrounded by a lake known as the Round Oval at her family’s ancestral home in Althorp, Northamptonshire.