Diana, Princess of Wales

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Diana, Princess of Wales, whose full name was Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor, née Spencer (1 July, 196131 August, 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. Her youth and beauty made her an icon of femininity when the couple's engagement was announced; however their marriage was not a success and she despised the media's intrusion which royal life brought. The couple separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996; she was killed in a car crash in Paris the following year. She got two sons with Charles: Prince William of Wales and Prince Henry of Wales, born in 1982 and 1984 respectively.


  • When I started my public life, twelve years ago, I understood the media might be interested in what I did. I realized then their attention would inevitably focus on both our private and public lives. But I was not aware of how overwhelming that attention would become. Nor the extent to which it would affect both my public duties and my personal life, in a manner, that's been hard to bear. At the end of this year, when I've completed my diary of official engagements, I will be reducing the extent of the public life I've lead so far.
  • Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.
  • She won't go quietly, that's the problem. I'll fight to the end, because I believe that I have a role to fulfill, and I've got two children to bring up.
    • ibid.
  • I'd like to be a queen of people's hearts, in people's hearts, but I don't see myself being Queen of this country. I don't think many people will want me to be Queen.
    • ibid.
  • I do things differently, because I don't go by a rule book, because I lead from the heart, not the head, and albeit that's got me into trouble in my work, I understand that.
    • ibid.
  • Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.
    • The Guardian, December 9, 1995, p. 2.


  • Oh, no, it's not dogs I don't like -- it's corgis. They get the blame for all the farts.
    • On the Queen's Dogs.
  • Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can.
    • Attributed to Diana by her biographer Andrew Morton, The Sun, September 1, 1997, p. 18.
  • Don't call me an icon. I'm only a mother trying to help.
  • They say that it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise, like moderately rich and just moody?
  • Family is the most important thing in the world.
  • Any sane person would have left long ago. But I cannot. I have my sons.
  • Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be.
  • I have a woman's instinct, and it's always a good one.
  • Call me Diana, not Princess Diana.
  • HIV does not make someone dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug; heaven knows they need it.

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