Princess Diana has been known for many things during her short life – her popular wedding, her stony marriage, and her heart-warming philanthropic efforts. It was also remembered, however, that she was somebody who volunteered to stand in front of the camera and dedicate the world to many secrets hidden behind closed doors.
In a royal family where members should maintain a positive image and remain private What is out of the public eye, why did Princess Diana do exactly the opposite?
Relationship between Princess Diana and the press
Princess Diana became a popular subject of photographers and reporters in 1981 when she married Prince Charles. She went from one nobody to someone the media apparently could not get enough overnight. At some point, all the attention Diana got even made Charles jealous.
However, when Princess Diana first realized that the press circus would not soon disappear, she decided to use public relations by drawing attention to charitable organizations, which essentially force magazines and newspapers, to several sensible causes to steer.
"She decided, 'Well, guys and members of the press. If you follow me, we're going to this hospital now. "And it was a crucial turning point," said Tom Jennings, a journalist who made a documentary about the princess.
At the same time, Diana's marriage collapsed due to her husband's affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. Besides, she did not get along with the royal family, and many around the princess regarded her as emotionally unstable.
In the early 1990s, Princess Diana decided to share with everyone what she had been through. She talked to writer Andrew Morton about her life. Their conversations were recorded on several tapes and published in 1992 in a book entitled Diana: Her True Story . Three years later she teamed up with journalist Martin Bashir for the BBC Panorama and did the same.
The book and the interview shocked the world because the princess did not hold back. She told Morton and Bashir about her unstable childhood, her bad relationship with Prince Charles, her inability to adapt to the other royals, her struggles with bulimia and depression, and the affairs she had. Princess Diana forever changed people's perception of the royal family.
Although she never disclosed why she decided to share these things with the press, Diana's former bodyguard Ken Wharfe believes it's her way of saying "to the royal family," I've tried to share the issues with you , Nobody wants to know. I want this marriage to work. None of you is willing to accept the relationship between my husband and Camilla PB. Why do not you help me?
How Other Kings Responded
Of course, the royal family was not happy that their dirty laundry was aired. The controversial book and the interview were the main reason why Queen Elizabeth sentenced Princess Diana and Prince Charles to divorce.
According to biographer Katie Nicholl, Prince Diana's eldest son, Prince William, was 13 years old at the time of his mother's interview . "To William's horror, she also openly talked about her affair with former Life Guards officer James Hewitt, a friend of the family friend who had taught William and Harry to ride," Nicholl said.
However, William later opened the experience in the documentary Diana, 7 Days . "I can understand, because sometimes you find yourself in such situations, you feel incredibly desperate, and it's very unfair to say things that are not true," he said. "The easiest thing is to just say it yourself or go to the media, open the door. [But] Once you've opened it, you'll never be able to close it again. "
The lasting effect on today's royal family
Although the other kings do because of their actions angry at Diana, they can not deny their audience revelations helped bring about changes to the antiquated traditions of the royal family.
First, Prince William and his brother Prince Harry did not have to marry someone they did not love as much as their father did
And in contrast to Diana Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, who were forced to prepare for royal life without training, they received training and instruction before their own respective wedding. The royal rules have also become more relaxed in recent years, and both ladies are known for breaking a few here and there.
Queen Elizabeth has finally understood how important Diana's kind, down-to-earth image in the media was to the public, so Her Majesty has changed her traditional ways to become a more friendly and associate queen.