Princes Diana Broke Queen Elizabeth's Efforts For The Royal Way Of Life Approach
Princess Diana left a lasting impact on not only the people of Britain but the entire world as well. Known for her warm, and kindhearted nature, Diana quickly became the “people’s princess” and was admired by millions of fans. The princesses compassionate nature was obvious, as she would always her fame to bring awareness to important issues and those who are less privileged.
Even though this is the image that Princess Diana projected to the public, the graceful beauty, who seemingly had the ability to connect with every person she met, this isn’t exactly how the royal was in her private life. As a matter of fact, Diana’s relationship with Queen Elizabeth, her mother-in-law, definitely had its complications. At one point, Princess Diana ended up breaking the monarch’s heart. Keep reading to find out what happened between the two royal women.
Queen Elizabeth did everything to welcome Princess Diana into the royal family
Everybody was certain that Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles would be a happy one. When the royal couple tied the knot in 1981, things were certainly looking up for the royal family, and everything seemed to be going wonderfully well. Everybody was truly happy and excited for the newlyweds. Queen Elizabeth, in particular, was simply ecstatic about welcoming a daughter-in-law into her life as well.
Sources close to the queen have reported that the monarch put forth a lot of effort in order to help Diana adjust to the royal way of doing things. Queen Elizabeth gathered her best people, such as her favorite lady-in-waiting, plus her sister, Princess Margaret, to work with the new royal and provide her with lessons. In a very sweet gesture, Her Majesty would even invite Diana to Sandringham House, one of the royal family’s properties, and take her horseback riding. The queen would do this in hopes to bond with her new daughter-in-law.
Princess Diana was adamant about doing things her way
Despite the monarch putting in so much time and effort into helping Diana feel welcome and adjusted to her new life, it didn’t seem like the princess actually cared for the royal way of life. Lady Pamela Hicks, one of the queen’s bridesmaids at her wedding, was under the impression that Diana actually took “pride in defying the Royal Family’s way of doing things.”
When it came to the lessons the queen so kindly tried providing with her lady-in-waiting and Princess Margaret, it all just ended up falling on deaf ears. In addition to not taking the lessons seriously, Diana also didn’t enjoy horseback riding, and eventually stopped showing up to the riding trip at Sandringham with Her Majesty. This was the moment where the queen’s heart was broken. She saw that her son’s wife, despite all her best efforts in welcoming her with open arms, didn’t actually seem interested or wanted to become a part of their family.
Queen Elizabeth was blamed for all of Princess Diana’s problems
The scandals involving Princess Diana all started in the early 1990s, when the princess openly talked to the press about all the issues she was having. The entire world was now aware of the fact that her husband, Prince Charles, was cheating on her with his ex-lover (and now-wife) Camilla Parker-Bowles. In addition to troubles within her marriage, Diana also shared that she had a very hard time fitting into the royal family.
As expected, the public sympathized with Princess Diana and automatically took the royal’s side. So where does Queen Elizabeth come into all of this? Well, the public started to blame the queen for the princesses struggles, because they all believed that the monarch could be doing more to help her son’s wife, who was clearly struggling.
Princess Diana wasn’t the only one making headlines though. In 1992, other members of the royal family created their own scandals. The first scandal involved Princess Anne and Prince Andrew’s divorce. The second involved the infamous, explicit photographs taken of Sarah Ferguson, at the time Prince Andrew’s soon-to-be-ex-wife. And, of course, let’s not forget Princes Charles’ raunchy, explicit conversation between him and his lover, Camilla Parker Bowles, that was leaked to the press.
Obviously, it wasn’t a good look for the royal family. All of these scandals were making not only the royal family look bad, but Queen Elizabeth as well. According to a Buckingham Palace staff member, the monarch reportedly got depressed, and started drinking more than she usually did: “A year earlier she would have complained if her drink was too strong, but now she didn’t.”
Princess Diana and Prince Charles finalized their divorce in 1996, but the blame didn’t stop there. When Diana tragically passed away in a car accident in 1997, Her Majesty was criticized once again for not acting properly in the wake of this tragedy. The public believed that this was a time for the queen to be with the people in London, rather than hide away in her Scotland home, which is what she did.
Elizabeth now believes that Princess Diana brought positive change to the royal family
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Nobody’s perfect - and this includes Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, no matter how much we might genuinely love either of these women. Both of the royals tried to do their best, with the situations they ended up in. With all the time that's passed, the monarch is now able to admit that Princess Diana, despite all the scandals and negative press, was a positive force in the royal family.
Thanks to Princess Diana, the royal learned that it was important to be open and warm towards the public. This is something that Her Majesty condemned in the beginning. The princess also did an amazing job at raising two princes, that grew up to be so popular with the British people, because of their down-to-earth and genuine nature. This ended up helping the royal family in a big way, by keeping them popular in an era where most people would like to witness the abolishment of the British monarchy.
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Even though Princess Diana might’ve rubbed some people the wrong way (especially certain members of the royal family) with her rebellious ways, the positive and lasting change she brought to a once oppressive monarchy undoubtedly deserves all the recognition and credit it can get. What do you think about Diana’s influence on the monarchy? Share your thoughts in the comments!