Lies about Princess Diana that some still believe

It has been more than two decades since Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris, but many people remain fascinated by the late royal. The film Spencer as well as the Netflix series The crown put Diana back in the limelight with royal fans wanting to know all about the beloved princess. But over the years misinformation has circulated, so now we separate fact from fiction to dispel a few rumors about the Princess of Wales.

Princess Diana attends royal event in costume designed by Bruce Oldfield | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Princess Diana was technically not a princess

From the day she married Prince Charles in 1981, people around the world knew her as Princess Diana, but technically she wasn’t a princess.

Reader’s Digest noted that the reason Diana was not a true “princess” is that the royal title before a given name is for the monarch’s blood relatives like Princess Anne, Princess Eugenie and Princess Charlotte.

A princess by marriage bears the title of her husband. Thus, when she was Charles’s wife, Diana’s official title was “Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales”. However, a Princess of Wales is not a princess in her own right.

Princess Diana in a horse-drawn carriage on her way to the official opening of Parliament in 1981

Princess Diana in horse-drawn carriage on her way to the official opening of Parliament in 1981 | Anwar Hussein / WireImage

Diana was never shy

Diana was only 19 when she got involved with Prince Charles and the press quickly dubbed the teenager “Shy Di”. However, according to Queen Elizabeth II’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter, Diana was not at all shy. So why was she named as such? Arbiter said it was because she kept her head down while talking to people as she was aware of her size.

“There was nothing shy about it,” he told Vogue. “What she was aware of was her height – 5ft 10. She used to keep her head down when talking to people so as not to make them uncomfortable and to talk to them on their own. level.”

She was no smaller than Prince Charles

A famous photo of Charles and Diana together has led many to believe the Prince of Wales is taller than his first wife, but it was not. The prince and princess were actually the same height and were 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Their photos were staged to make the future king appear to be a few inches taller and this was done in different ways. For example, in their engagement photo (below), Charles stands on a step above his then-fiancée to create the illusion that she was shorter than him. And in other official portraits, Diana either sits or tilts her head to the side.

Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles engagement photo
Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles Engagement Photo | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

The princess hasn’t always shied away from the paparazzi

There are a number of images etched in people’s minds of Princess Diana trying to stay away and get away from the paparazzi who lurk whenever they follow her. And no one can forget that she was being chased by motorcycle photographers just before the car crash that took her life.

But before that tragic night, there were cases where Diana wanted the press to be present. In a tactic used for years by celebrities and other prominent personalities, Diana knew what to do when she wanted to make headlines and made sure paps appeared where she was to get a picture in particular.

In the documentary Close-up on royalty: the photograph of Kent Gavin Journalist Piers Morgan has explained how the Princess has used the press to her advantage to outshine the Prince of Wales and Camilla. “I remember a classic case of her when Prince Charles hosted a coming-out party for her relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, and Diana was in Saint-Tropez with Mohamed al-Fayed and others,” Morgan recalled. “And we got a message, ‘Will you be there tomorrow at 9:00 am by this beach? ” ‘Yes why?’ ‘Wait and watch!’ “

The former host of the morning show added: “The next day [the princess] got out and started cartwheeling on the beach.

Diana was not called the “People’s Princess” when she was alive.

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Princess Diana has often been referred to as “the People’s Princess,” but she was never called that during her lifetime. This nickname was given to him by politician Tony Blair after his death in 1997.

The former UK prime minister spoke to reporters just hours after news of the princess’s death from injuries sustained in a car crash in Paris was announced. Blair expressed his sadness and offered his condolences to Diana’s family before calling her a name no one will ever forget when he said, “She was the ‘People’s Princess.’ And so it was. ‘she will stay, how she will stay, in our hearts and in our memories, forever.

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