Princess of People

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Merlin Joseph
Mr. Alexis Gonzales
English 1301
23 July 2012
Princess of the People
“Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can.” These words were spoken by a very famous individual, who through her warmth and caring became the iconic figure of the late twentieth century. She was lovingly called as the “princess of the people” because of her compassion and kindness towards the weaker sections of the society. From the time of her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her death in a car accident in 1997, this princess was arguably the most famous woman in the world, the pre-eminent female celebrity of her generation; a fashion icon, an image of feminine beauty, admired and emulated for her high-profile involvement in AIDS issues and international campaign against landmines.

Princess Diana Spencer was born as the youngest daughter of Edward Spencer and Frances Spencer at Park House on Sandringham estate. In 1975, her father became the eighth earl of Spencer, and she acquired the courtesy title of “Lady.” The root of Diana’s insecurity lay in her upbringing, despite its privileges. Diana was only six when her parents split up, and she her siblings became pawns in a bitter custody dispute. She was educated at Riddlesworth Hall in Norfolk and at West Heath Girl’s School where she was regarded as an academically below-average student. She became a public figure with the announcement of her engagement to Prince Charles. Twenty year old Diana became the Princess of Wales when she married The Prince of Wales on 29 July 1981. It was considered as the royal couple’s fairy tale wedding, and it was predicted that they would live happily ever after because of the supposedly passionate love the couple had for each other. The public loved Diana, and after the wedding her life became an endless round of public appearances. They have two sons, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis and Prince Henry Charles Albert David. She was an...
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