Diana

Politics of a princess    

Similar to the religious bondage that comes with being a British royal, political views are extremely limited. Rather than take sides on political issues–controversial or otherwise–British royals are encouraged to donate time and money to charities and causes of their choice. And the princess seemed fine with it. She said:

I am not a political figure. The fact is I am a humanitarian figure and always will be.5

She reveled in her causes, particularly those involving AIDS and landmines. Her work with AIDS victims was somewhat controversial. In the 1980s, it was a much less understood disease and unwarranted fear and paranoia surrounded it. Princess Diana was perhaps the first high-profile figure to try to dispel that fear.6 She said: HIV does not make people dangerous to know. You can shake their hands and give them hug heaven knows they need it.7

Princess Diana’s work with landmines is said to have had political implications. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of old landmines was a catalyst for the Ottawa Treaty, an international agreement seeking to ban the use of anti-personnel landmines.8

Furthermore, her divorce from Prince Charles was a scandalous and controversial affair–and some say a step forward for womankind.9

Princess Diana was beloved the world over and her influence cannot be understated. She is perhaps one of the most political, non-political figures in history.

Princess Diana was an Anglican.

Political Views

Princess Diana was required to be totally non-political, but her work with landmines, AIDS and her femininity were often viewed through a political lens.

Diana, Princess of Wales, who was born Diana Spencer, was born and raised in Sandringham, Norfolk, England. She died in a car accident in Paris, France in 1997.

Princess Diana was an Anglican Christian, having been baptized in the St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church in Sandringham.1 It was, at the time, required that anyone who marries into the British Royal Family must be Anglican (though the rule has changed and they can now marry a Catholic if they so choose.2 )

As a result of the rule, the devotion to religion of royals is often questioned, with rarely a religious comment (for or against) coming from the royal family in modern times. However, we can be sure that Diana did, in fact, believe in an afterlife at the very least. She said: I’m aware that people I have loved and have died and are in the spirit world looking after me.3

Beyond that, her level of devotion to Anglicanism was never tested or questioned. She did, after her divorce from Prince Charles, keep some oddly non-Christian company however.4

Princess Diana was an Anglican.

Political Views

Princess Diana was required to be totally non-political, but her work with landmines, AIDS and her femininity were often viewed through a political lens.

Princess Diana’s mother has claimed she was frozen out of her daughter’s funeral arrangements by the Royal Family.

Frances Shand Kydd revealed how she was unable to share the terrible burden of Diana’s death until Buckingham Palace had informed world leaders.

And she spoke of her emotional pain at not being allowed to see her daughter’s body.

In a thinly veiled attack on Ken Wharfe, Diana’s disgraced police bodyguard who has been peddling his memoirs of the princess this week, she also condemned the continuing exploitation of her daughter’s death

Diana, so trusting in life, had been failed by so many in death, she said.

Her remarks come as Prince William and Prince Harry – as well as the Spencer family – prepare to mark today’s fifth anniversary of Diana’s death in Paris.

Her comments about the princess’s funeral look set to reopen the simmering tensions that have existed between the royals and Diana’s ‘blood’ family since her death.

In July, Earl Spencer, the princess’s brother, said he had been excluded from William and Harry’s lives, suggesting the boys had been discouraged from keeping in touch with him.

Earlier this month Mrs Shand Kydd said the £3million fountain memorial to her daughter, to be built in Hyde Park, ‘lacked grandeur’.

On ITV1’s My Favourite Hymns, to be broadcast tomorrow, Mrs Shand Kydd said that after learning of Diana’s death in the early hours of August 31, 1997, she had been forced to grieve alone.

‘I spent the night packing to go to Paris and then when I heard she’d died, I unpacked,’ she said. ‘I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone for about an hour during which time heads of state will be told.

‘That seemed to me very odd, if not insensitive, that I, her mother, couldn’t tell anyone she was dead because of a rulebook from somewhere else.’

She claimed that she was not involved in the funeral arrangements and said that as a devout Roman Catholic she was devastated not to have seen Diana’s body.

‘I do remember being very surprised and rather hurt that I was not consulted about collecting her body or asked to go to Paris to do so,’ she said. ‘That seemed very tough. I was her only surviving parent.

‘It meant that I never saw her when she had died and for a member of the Catholic Church you are encouraged to see dead people, your dear ones, so it was a bit harsh.’

Recalling the death of another child, after only ten hours of life, Mrs Shand Kydd said: ‘So in fact, I have buried two children without seeing their bodies.’

Mrs Shand Kydd spoke of her pride at Earl Spencer’s controversial funeral speech, in which he asserted that Diana’s ‘blood family’ should have as much influence on the upbringing of William and Harry as the Royal Family.

Denying claims that it was critical of the royals, she said: ‘I thought it was the finest expression of articulate brotherly love.

‘He spoke brilliantly from the heart and I don’t believe he either spoke, or was interpreted as being, controversial at any time. He was honest, raw honest.’

Mrs Shand Kydd also told of her dismay at the betrayal of Diana’s memory.

‘I think memories are kept in the heart and I think the commercialisation of my daughter Diana’s death has gone way beyond limits of decency and sensitivity,’ she said.

‘Diana was very open. One of her difficulties was trusting too many people, people who didn’t feel able to hold the trust.

‘I am certainly disappointed that since her death so many people who she trusted have broken the trust and for financial gain have spilled the beans, so to speak. I believe that trust is for life, natural life. Even if one half goes to the grave, it doesn’t release you from the bond of trust.’

Hundreds who still grieve for Diana left heartfelt messages and bouquets at Kensington Palace yesterday.

They started arriving as early as 5am, and by lunchtime the front of the palace gates were covered with pictures of the princess.

Thousands more visitors are expected at Diana’s former home over the weekend as those she touched mark the anniversary of her death.

Mother-of-two Christine Bond, 38, from Bexley, Kent, who has visited Kensington Palace on each anniversary of the tragedy, said: ‘I related to her as a mother and as someone who, like me, suffered from bulimia. ‘She was a role model for all of us. In my heart she will never be forgotten

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I am interested in writing short stories for my pleasure and my family's but although I have published four family books I will not go down that path again but still want what I write out there so I will see how this goes

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