Long before the British public chastised Meghan Markle for breaking royal protocol, there was the rebellious Princess Diana. What exactly did she do to incur the wrath of the royal family? Let’s find out!
1. Diana chose a ring and exchanged vows.
Royals don’t usually buy “cheap” rings from jewelry catalogs, but Diana didn’t mind. She picked up the ring herself, which eventually went to Prince William and Kate Middleton. Oh, and the part of the wedding vows that says she must obey Prince Charles is completely archaic and inappropriate, so it had to go.
2. Diana had a job before becoming a princess.
When Diana married Prince Charles, she quit her job as a kindergarten teacher. Nevertheless, her children were her main focus. Of course, she left them with nannies from time to time, but she tried to plan her schedule to spend as much time with the children as possible.
3. Diana sent her beautiful children to kindergarten.
Can you imagine little Prince William going to regular kindergarten with mere mortals? Diana insisted that little Willy go to a public preschool, which was a huge obstacle for the royal family.
4. He showed the children an independent way of life.
Princess Diana went to McDonald’s with little William and Harry, rode the subway and bus with them, let them wear jeans and T-shirts, and took them to Disneyland, where they all waited in line for rides. Diana took children to hospitals and homeless shelters. She wanted her children to see the true side of life.
5. She understands the power of fashion.
In 1994, after a documentary about Prince Charles’ infidelity aired, Princess Diana appeared in the Serpentine Gallery in a short black dress with a plunging neckline and bare shoulders. The next day, all the newspapers discussed her daring image, which naturally, was not suitable for the royal family and called it a “revenge dress”.
6. She opened up about her mental illness and eating disorders.
Princess Diana suffered from bulimia and she spoke openly about the condition to the press. According to her, the stress of a failed marriage is how it started. Occasionally, Princess Diana had to pretend that her relationship with Prince Charles was perfect, however, in reality, it was far from the truth.
7. Diana hated being too formal.
Whenever Diana spoke to children, she always tried to get down on their level and look into their eyes. And Lady D was the first member of the royal family to do so. She disagreed with the British monarchs who believed that everyone should pay them respect.
8. Diana wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
If there was one thing the public loved about Princess Diana, it was her kindness. Like all royals, she supported various charities, but none did as much as she did. Diana walked through partially cleared landmines in Angola to educate people about the dangers of using landmines. He shook hands with HIV and AIDS orphans when the disease was misunderstood and stigmatized. She knew that HIV does not endanger humans and that you can shake their hands and hug them. She was always guided by her heart, not her head, and certainly not by royal code.