Why Is Princess Diana a Role Model and How Many Royals Has Emulated Her?

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Why Is Princess Diana a Role Model and How Many Royals Has Emulated Her?

Princess Diana was born on
July 1, 1961. Tragically the Queen of Hearts died aged 36 in 1997, however, in
her short life she changed the British Royal family forever.

What a long way the Royals
have come in only 25 years. How much of that can we attribute to Diana’s
legacy? Did she modernize the monarchy more than we’ll ever know?

In September 1997, the British
public had a decidedly different mood toward the royal family. At that time,
after Princess Diana’s death, their collective confusion and subsequent outrage
over the royal’s inaccessibility during the tragedy and the family’s perceived
coldness towards Diana – who had been stripped of her HRH title after her divorce
from Prince Charles – caused a large segment of the population to question the
very existence of the monarchy.

In life, Diana revitalized the
British monarchy and in death, she changed it forever. Today, her legacy lives
on in everything from Windsor’s more accessible approach to the public to
William and Harry’s charity work to virtually everything Kate does. Nearly
twenty years after her death, ‘The Diana Effect’ is alive and well – and a
guiding principle for today’s modern British monarchy.

How
the Queen learned from Diana

In September of 1997, the
Queen made her extraordinary televised address in which she praised Diana,
calling her “exceptional and gifted.” Said one royal watcher with close ties to
the family who requested anonymity: “At that moment, it was clear the Queen
knew just how much impact Diana had on the monarchy. She knew if she wanted to
regain the goodwill of her subjects, she had to take a page from Diana’s book
and connect with people on an emotional level that she hadn’t done before.”

Both William and Harry learned
that lesson very early on. Rather than live a cosseted royal existence, making
speeches and cutting ribbons, they’ve chosen to make a difference in the world
as their mother did. Rather than bide his time as second in line to the throne,
William served as a search and rescue pilot in RAF for nearly eight years
before taking on the royal duties he undertakes today with Catherine at his
side. Prince Harry, who served in the British army for ten years and did two
tours in Afghanistan, brought his Invictus Games for injured service members to
the United States before bringing Meghan Markle, a very modern bride, into the
family as his wife. “His commitment to military families is extraordinary,”
said Dr. Jill Biden. “It’s very clear he is passionate about carrying on his
mother’s legacy of helping a variety of people in need.”

William and Harry both have
spoken extensively about their mother as their inspiration and role model for
their charity work. Only 12 years old when Diana died, Harry talked about
“the gaping hole” in life caused by the loss of her mother; he told People magazine:
“All I want to do is make my mother proud.” Surely he’s done that through his work in
the military and with the creation of his charity Sentebale, which he created
in Diana’s honor to help orphans in Africa.

Diana’s
legacy through her children

Perhaps nowhere is Diana’s
legacy more keenly felt than in the charity initiative William, Harry and Kate
have joined forces to undertake. The trio launched Heads Together, a public
awareness campaign partnering with several UK-based charities to de-stigmatize
mental health a few years ago. “There is something very moving that Diana’s
sons would take on the issue of mental health knowing their mother struggled
with depression during various parts of her life,” said one close friend of
Diana. “She would be so pleased.” 

Why Is Princess Diana a Role Model and How Many Royals Has Emulated Her?

Though her sons both carry
her mantle nobly, nowhere is the “Diana Effect” more evident than in
Kate’s role as this generation’s media star, with some very important
differences. While Diana was left to her own devices to navigate her
worldwide fame while dealing with a jealous and unfaithful husband, Kate has the
royal family in her corner. She’s received plenty of coaching on every aspect
of public life, including watching videos of Diana, and has the full support of
her husband. “William and Kate are very much a team,” said designer India
Hicks. “They have handled everything together brilliantly.”

“Diana took her role and
handled it with style and grace under enormous difficulty,” said Donna Karan.
“She was a mentor to women around the world.” It would seem all these years
later, she still is, specifically to her daughter-in-law.

Kate and William decided
to raise Prince George, Prince Charlotte and Prince Louis away from London in
the family’s country home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall, a choice that echoes
Diana’s desire to give “her boys” a “normal life.” Like William did for a time,
George attends a preschool with local children. A family friend believes when
the time comes, Charlotte will join her big brother at Westacre Montessori
School. “Kate had a very normal upbringing and, with William’s support, their
children will too. Diana would be in complete agreement on the way Kate and
William want to raise their children.”

What
Kate has learned from Diana

Of course, the moment Kate
slipped on Diana’s sapphire engagement ring she became a fashion icon in the
same mold as her late mother-in-law. “Diana used clothes to communicate with
the world,” said Elizabeth Emmanuel, who with her husband David, designed
Diana’s wedding dress. “Whenever she traveled anywhere she was very careful to
select clothes that paid homage to the country but she also had a sense of
humor and fun about herself. She’d wear a custom-made gown with earrings from
the high street.”

Like Diana, Kate, who also has
a penchant for affordable fashion, has certainly perfected the art of
diplomatic dressing wearing stunning gowns and beautifully cut suits and coats
in colors and patterns that subtly knowledge the occasion. “She is a very smart
young woman who understands what works for her,” said Diane von Furstenberg.
“She has the eyes of the world on her and she carries it all with great poise.”

Why Is Princess Diana a Role Model and How Many Royals Has Emulated Her?

Occasionally, Kate evokes
memories of her late mother-in-law with her fashion choices at pivotal moments.
Kate’s Jenny Packham polka dot dress that she wore to introduce Prince George
to the press was a touching tribute to Diana, who wore a similar style by
Catherine Walker when William was born. When she does opt to wear a tiara,
which is rare, she favors the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, the same Diana wore
many times. “Kate is aware of people’s tendency to compare her to Diana,” said
a Middleton family friend. “She never wants people to think she is in any way
trying to compete with her memory. Kate realizes what a great role model Diana
was in so many areas.” This is why it’s particularly poignant that Diana and
Kate never got to meet. “They would have gotten on very well,” said a royal
insider. “It is sad Diana is not here to see that her dreams for William are
coming true and that he married for love.”

 A few months before her
death, during her trip to New York for the Christie’s auction where she sold
off most of the gown worn during her marriage to Prince Charles, she told Tina
Brown and Anna Wintour, “All my hopes are on William now” when speaking about
the future of the monarchy.

When she died, Diana, Princess
of Wales, was on the cusp of a new chapter of her life as an ambassador
for Britain – a role she had discussed with then-Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Undoubtedly, she would have helped shape the country’s image in bold new ways.
Sadly, we’ll never know the steps she would have taken, but thanks to the
legacy of love and compassion Diana left her sons, the monarchy is still poised
to survive–and thrive–well into the next generation.

 

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