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    Diana Spencer: the disillusioned princess

    Diana Spencer: the disillusioned princess

    Diana Spencer was and remains undoubtedly one of the emblematic figures of the royal family of England. She would have turned 58 this July 1st. Portrait of a princess whose fairy tale quickly turned to drama.

    22 years ago, England lost one of the most beautiful jewels of its crown: Diana Spencer. Admired all over the world, even after her divorce, the Princess of Wales has had an eventful life, punctuated by many trials.

    A childhood from the English aristocracy

    Diana Frances Spencer was born on July 1, 1961 in the royal estate of Sandringham (Norfolk). Daughter of Albert Spencer, Viscount of Althorp and Frances Burke Roche, she is the descendant of Duchess Georgina Spencer and is from an old family of English aristocrats.

    His childhood was marked by the divorce of his parents, his mother having decided to remarry with his lover Peter Sand Kyyd, heir to a family whose fortune was based on the wallpaper business. Because of the Viscountess's infidelity, the divorce is particularly difficult, especially since the former couple is fighting guard Diana and his brother. The girl will remain forever marked by this test. His paternal grandfather having died, his father becomes the eighth Earl Spencer, and Diana can thus bear the title of Lady Diana. The Spencer account also remarries on his side, and takes for wife Raine McCorquodale.

    Unlike many members of the English aristocracy, she attended school far from London, in the English countryside in Norfolk and Kent. She also goes to Switzerland for 16 years to attend classes for young girls from a good family.

    The arts fascinate her, and the young Diana turns out to be a talented pianist. Endowed with multiple talents, she also excels in sports and nourishes the project of becoming a professional dancer. But that was without counting on the aspirations of the Royal Family of England.


    The situation is somewhat tense. Queen Elizabeth II is weary of the repeated adventures of her son, Charles, who, at age 31, is still single and has a reputation as a heartbreaker behind him. Above all, he has an affair with Camilla Shand, future Camilla Parker Bowles, that he can not marry, his family considering this union unworthy of his rank.

    Elizabeth is looking for the perfect daughter-in-law for her son. The task looks arduous, the elected to meet several criteria. The young woman must be younger than the prince (Camilla, she is older than a few months), without the shadow of a single scandal, Protestant and of course, have aristocratic origins. It is Camilla herself who submits the application of Diana, then a kindergarten assistant in a school. The young Diana fulfills perfectly all the criteria. It was enough for the royalty to ignite. On February 24, 1981, the betrothal between the two young men is announced.

    The world is immediately seduced by this young woman with shy smile, unaccustomed to the photographers and all the attention that one carries to him. A notoriety that she will have to make, since she finally became Princess of Wales on Wednesday, July 29, 1981, after a ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, in front of nearly 35,000 guests. From then on, Diana can not go back. She quickly gives an heir to the crown, with the birth of William on June 21, 1982, followed two years later by Harry, born on September 15, 1984.

    From inexperienced princess to committed princess

    In order to escape her marital difficulties, then unknown to the general public, the princess decides to invest in humanitarian causes to feel otherwise exist. She uses her princess status to make her voice heard. She becomes one of the first people to get involved in the fight against AIDS, and to shake up prejudice, she is photographed as she puts her hand on a person with HIV. His unvarnished commitment contributes to a profound change in the mentality of public opinion.

    It is also involved in the fight against antipersonnel mines, making several media trips to Angola and Bosnia to meet collateral victims of these bombs. With her image, she played a leading role in the signing of the anti-personnel bomb ban treaty, adopted in Ottawa in 1997, just after her death.

    A marital life stormy

    If the life of the princess is envied everywhere in the world, for her charisma that will erase all the members of the royal family around her, everything is far from being rosy in her life. Fascinating the press and the world, she saw a real failure with her marriage to Prince Charles. Having trouble supporting life at court, which no one has prepared, Diana suffers from depression after the birth of her first child, which results in eating disorders such as bulimia, and several suicide attempts.

    Disconcerted by the attitude of his wife, the prince seeks comfort in the arms of other women and resumed his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. Depressed, Diana then throws herself headlong into many adventures, with James Gilbey in particular, but also with James Hewitt, his riding instructor. Other connections will be revealed later, including with his bodyguard, as well as with an art dealer named Oliver Hoare, himself married.

    Charles and Diana finally separated on December 9, 1992, but their divorce was not officially pronounced until 4 years later, on August 28, 1996, at the request of the Queen, who noted the over-power of Lady Di, who was enjoying her status . The divorce included the loss of many of his titles.

    His new life after divorce

    After separation, it takes a while to get back into a love story. She began dating Hasnat Khan, a Pakistani cardiothoracic surgeon she met a year earlier, on September 1, 1995, when he had just operated on one of her friends. The young woman falls head over heels in love and begins a passionate romance. Fleeing the media, Diana wears various wigs and other accessories during her outings with the doctor.

    In 1996, she went to Pakistan, officially to visit charities, unofficially to meet the family of her companion. But that does not happen as Diana hoped. The Khans are, indeed, extremely traditionalist and do not want a non-Muslim for their son. The worst happens when their relationship begins to be unveiled by the media. The doctor then decides to put an end to their story in June 1997.

    Devastated, Diana, undertakes to reclaim Hasnat Khan. Also seeking revenge for the royal family, she begins to frequent Dodi Al-Fayed, son of Egyptian billionaire Mohammed Al-Fayed. The latter is delighted by the turn of events, British citizenship having been denied the previous year. Diana then undertakes to manipulate the media, in order to achieve her ends. For this, she does not hesitate to put on the stage, especially during her holidays in the Gulf of St. Tropez.

    Diana is caught in her own trap during her stay in Paris in 1997. Chased by the paparazzi at the exit of the Ritz on August 31, she and her lover try to escape. The accident takes place in the Alma bridge tunnel. Dodi and the driver die instantly. As for Diana, she is transported to the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, an hour after receiving first aid on the spot. She then made several cardiac arrests on the way to the hospital, forcing help to stop the ambulance on the side of the road. Despite the efforts of the doctors, nothing works, and she is declared dead two hours after her arrival, at 4:25. She died at the age of 36 from internal bleeding.

    A tragic end

    The news of his death is announced the next day, at a press conference held by the UK ambassador to France, the doctor took Diana in charge on his arrival, and finally, Jean-Pierre Chevènement, the minister of the Interior of the time in France. The latter, as well as the President of the French Republic Jacques Chirac and his wife Bernadette pay tribute to Diana in the morning. Prince Charles and Diana's two sisters arrive in Paris to identify the body. In England, the coldness of the royal family towards the late princess deeply angered the British people and a new era blew over the monarchy.

    A worldwide tribute

    Her funeral is held on September 6th at Westminster Abbey. Many personalities go to his funeral, among them actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, businessman Richard Branson or Sir Elton John. The British and other people from all over the world are thrilled to deposit thousands of bouquets at his home in Kensington Palace. The craze is such that the authorities must ask not to deposit any flower, for security reasons.

    Anxious to respect the protocol, the royal family will not condescend to half-mast the flag of the Union Jack, an attitude that will not be forgiven the English people. To calm things down, under the guidance of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Queen will however accept a speech on television. Diana's brother, Lord Spencer, will take the funeral to denounce the attitude of the media and the royal family towards his sister. The princess has since been buried in Althorp, on her family's property on an island in the middle of a lake.

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