Women’s History Month Spotlight: Lady Diana, The People’s Princess

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By Alisa Oden
March 2, 2021

Trigger Warning: Mention of ED, Depression

Women’s History Month Spotlight #2 is Lady Diana of Wales (born Diana Frances Spencer). She was an icon. She may be known for her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981, but her elegance and passionate activism quickly made her a popular figure worldwide. Her ever changing fashion choices made her a trendsetter, and she used her celebrity status to help people. Some of her charity work includes raising funds for AIDS research, working with organizations to help people with disabilities, and so much more.

Unfortunately, being under the spotlight of the royal family put strain on both her marriage and her mental health. Diana struggled with eating disorders, postpartum depression, and other illnesses, which were worsened by the constant presence of the media, especially paparazzi. Media coverage also impacted her relationship, and eventually she and Charles divorced because of tension and unhappiness in their marriage. Despite all that, she continued her charity work, and her compassion and warmth earned her the nickname “The People’s Princess.”

Only a year after her divorce, tragedy struck. Diana was killed in a car crash while fleeing paparazzi. The crash also resulted in the deaths of her companion and her driver, Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul. Her untimely death impacted millions of people, but her kindness, perseverance, and glamour lived on. Many students at Glasgow are inspired by Lady Diana’s empathy, and her determination to do what was right for her and other people. She is a role model to everyone.

“Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other, and in the process, care for ourselves.” -Lady Diana

Sources:

Diana, princess of Wales | Biography, Wedding, Children, Funeral, & Death

Princess Diana Wikipedia

The Late Diana, Princess of Wales