Diana: "The Princess of Hearts"
Aleeza Wasi, Grade 11
Credit for Artwork: A. Wasi
The remarkable legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales, captured the world's attention and touched millions of hearts, but also transformed the British monarchy. While in the public eye, she leveraged her fame to raise awareness of countless philanthropic causes. After 24 years, Diana remains the 'People's Princess' for her many humanitarian efforts and beyond.
The British Monarchy: Promoting Dynamic Change
With Diana's charity work, she demonstrated how royalty - once perceived to be stuffy - could actually engage the public. During an interview with BBC's Panorama in 1995, she stated, "I would like a monarchy that has more contact with its people." This was the beginning of the Princess's personal mission. Diana once served as the patron of over 100 charities. While visiting hospitals, schools, and fundraising galas, she spent a great deal of time chatting with people and learning about their experiences. Though she resented the media's intrusion into her personal life, Diana used her fame to raise awareness for those in need.
The Power of Philanthropy: Taking Action for Humanity
Throughout her life, Diana dedicated her efforts to helping those in need, especially the voiceless. As part of her royal duties, she served as President or Patron of over 100 charities, many of which worked for the benefit of the homeless, disabled, children, and people with HIV/AIDS.
Diana continued to work after 1996 as a Patron or President of Centrepoint, the English National Ballet, the Leprosy Mission, the National Aids Trust, the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street and the Royal Marsden Hospital. In the year before she passed away, Diana actively advocated for the ban on landmines.
While visiting North America, Diana visited hospices, schools, charities, and fundraising galas, touching the lives of many people. Other significant overseas visits include ones to Angola, Australia, Bosnia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, and many European nations.
The Princess expressed her views on many injustices and used her profile to promote charitable causes. Today, she remains widely respected and recognized for her humanitarian work.
Diana, Princess of Wales, left behind a memorable impact that captivated the world and won countless hearts, while she also reshaped the British monarchy. With her public spotlight, she helped promote a variety of philanthropic causes. In spite of passing away over two decades ago, Diana continues to be remembered as the "People's Princess" for her charitable efforts that left a lasting impact on humanity.