Princess Diana died on August 31st, 1997 in a car crash in Paris. To this day, the details and true cause of her death are disputed. After her divorce from Prince Charles, she began publicly dating her Egyptian and Muslim boyfriend Dodi Fayed. The official police report attributes their cause of death to their intoxicated driver. While trying to avoid the paparazzi, their driver crashed in a road tunnel. Diana, Dodi, and their driver all died. However some believe she was assassinated and that her death was plotted.
One thing is for certain, Princess Diana became the People's Princess.
Her imperfect royal matrimony, suicide attempts, and battles with bulimia made her life seem real and relatable. The public fell in love with her and blamed Prince Charles and the Royal family for her troubles. Even after her divorce she continued advocating for charities for the homeless, AIDS and leprosy patients, the hospital for children Great Ormond Street, and the Royal Marsden Hospital for cancer. The Washington Post described her as "a benevolent alternative monarch."
From the Diana princess of Wales Lecture on AIDS:
“In 1987, when so many still believed that AIDS could be contracted through causal contact, Princess Diana sat on the sickbed of a man with AIDS and held his hand. She showed the world that people with AIDS deserve no isolation, but compassion and kindness. It helped change the world’s opinion, and gave hope to the people with AIDS.”
Princess Diana at the Taj Mahal:
Rest in peace,