As the birth of her fourth grandchild approaches, Princess Diana has been making more and more headlines lately. People are reminded just how loved she was, but there are several quotes she made that also reminds us just how hard her life as a royal was.
People like to think that royals lead a carefree life. They never worry about the money or mortgages, what to cook for life or when to clean the house. A lot of ordinary people would be satisfied with that, but there is also a whole another layer of monarchy trappings on top of that. And of course, Diana enjoyed using her royal status as a tool to do good. Yet, sometimes she felt that those privileges come at too high a price.
“My Personality Was Taken Away From Me”
Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding was a fairytale event, yet she had some bad memories from it.
“The day I walked down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral, I felt that my personality was taken away from me, and I was taken over by the royal machine,” Diana later said.
“Anywhere I See Suffering, That Is Where I Want To Be, Doing What I Can.”
One thing is certain about Princess Diana, she had a genuine desire to help people and improve their lives.
“I Seemed To Be On The Front Of A Newspaper Every Single Day, Which Is An Isolating Experience”
For Diana, one of the most daunting experiences in her life was the public eye and the fact that paparazzi were always there, waiting for her. It was the very thing that she tried to avoid the night she was killed in a car crash.
“Every Strong Woman In History Has Had To Walk Down A Similar Path”
Recently published Amazon exclusive documentary, Diana: The Woman Inside reveals that Diana felt she lacked support from Buckingham Palace, mostly because she often refused to play by their rules.
“William Had To Be Induced Because I Couldn’t Handle The Press Pressure Any Longer.”
The press frenzy during her first pregnancy drove Princess Diana to deliver William via induction.
“William had to be induced because I couldn’t handle the press pressure any longer, it was becoming unbearable. It was as if everyone was monitoring every day for me,” Diana said.
“I Felt Compelled To Perform.”
One of her most famous interviews was given to the BBC in 1995, where she discussed just how much toll the royal life has taken on her.
“I felt compelled to perform. Well, when I say perform, I was compelled to go out and do my engagements and not let people down and support them and love them. And in a way by being out in public they supported me, although they weren’t aware just how much healing they were giving me, and it carried me through,” Prince Diana told BBC.