A princess for the ages
There’s no shortage of references and tributes to Princess Diana in modern culture – her ‘revenge dress’ is still the standard for exes who want to steal the spotlight and movies are still being made about her life. Young women especially have kept her memory and message alive through their endless fascination with the Princess of Wales. From her fashion and her attitude to her heartbreaking death at age 36, we are breaking down the real reasons the world, just can’t forget ‘The People’s Princess.’
Just your (above average) royal mum
Diana’s involved parenting style seemed to break the royal tradition of outsourcing many mothering tasks (aside from posing for family photos) to nannies and caregivers. On the contrary, the fashionable Princess Diana was one of the first royals to reportedly want to breastfeed, according to ABC News. She brought her two sons, William and Harry, outside the palaces and was even one of the first royal parents to send her child to public school, a vastly different experience from her own prestigious boarding school upbringing. She reportedly welcomed the boys running into her room in the morning in pyjamas to her open arms, as ‘regular mums’ everywhere can relate to. Even today, William and Harry credit their worldly mindset with their mum taking them to see how the rest of the world lived and struggled outside the palace.
She valued time with her children above all else
It wasn’t custom for royalty to bring babies or children along as they took trips or travelled outside the palace. That is until Diana established herself as one of the original ‘bring your baby to work’ pioneers in 1983. “Diana and Charles bucked the royal trend of separation by taking nine-month-old William, as well as his nanny, with them on the six-week tour to Australia and New Zealand,” royal expert Christopher Warwick said to Harper’s Bazaar. Parents around the world can relate to not wanting to be separated from their children for work functions, and Diana showed everyone that maybe we don’t always have to be.