Princess Diana, 'the people's princess,' was a public phenomenon. The shock of her death on August 31st, 1997 caused by a fatal car accident after leaving the Paris Ritz hotel with Dodi Fayed led to an unprecedented international outpouring of grief.
Today marks the 15th anniversary of Princess Diana's death in a Paris hospital. Affectionately known as Princess Di, from the fairytale beginning to tragic end, the public watched a young naive, Lady Diana born on July 1, 1961, grow into the international celebrity of Princess Diana. Millions viewed Charles and Diana's wedding on July 29, 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Millions watched Diana's funeral at Westminster Abbey 16 years later.
In 1992, after years of controversy, Charles and Diana officially separated and in 1996, were finally divorced.
Diana was known as the people's princess because of her enigmatic personality and endless charity work. She is quoted as saying in a commemorative issue of Newsweek, Nov 3, 1997, "I see myself as a princess for the world, not Princess of Wales."
Diana, Princess of Wales
In the same issue of Newsweek, Rosa Monckton who vacationed with Diana in Greece just weeks before her death said that Diana told her "It's a hunt, Rosa, it's a hunt..." and had talked to her how she was continually hounded by the paparazzi and was having to fight for every second of her privacy.
Rosa mentions in her article that she would remember her friend's laughter and sense of fun and her seriousness towards her work. She also states that Diana who said they'd "stuck together through hell and back" had eventually found happiness before she died and when she spoke to her on her mobile shortly before the tragic car accident Diana told her life is "bliss."