With the twentieth anniversary of her untimely death this year, I thought it would appropriate to highlight one of my favorite women in modern history–Princess Diana. I’ve always been a huge fan of anything and everything British and a superfan of the British royals.
We all know the story of her unhappy marriage, rife with infidelity and lack of support from the very start, so I will not spend anymore time on that. Instead, I’d like to focus on her amazing impact and legacy “The People’s Princess” has left behind.
Her work with AIDS victims
Back in the late 1980’s/early 19990’s, not a lot was known about HIV/AIDS. People were afraid to be in the same room with those afflicted with AIDS, let alone touch them. Princess Diana helped to break that stigma by using her “celebrity” to bring focus to not only the disease itself, but also to the humans suffering. She did this by going to various hospitals and touching, holding, and just showing genuine care and affection toward those with HIV/AIDS.
Her fight to rid Bosnia of landmines
As a patron of The Halo Trust, Diana went to one of the most war-torn areas in the world at the time–Bosnia. She visited those who had been injured or lost someone due to the astronomical amount of landmines left over from a brutal civil war. Of the injured, children made up much of the victims.
Her homeless initiatives
When Diana first became a royal, she made homelessness her top charitable priority. She was blown away at the amount of homeless–teens and veterans especially–there were in the capital city. Diana wanted to help those in need and also show her sons that they, too, needed to be aware of other people’s needs by taking her princes with her to The Passage, a homeless shelter in London. Prince William is still a patron of the charity and visits.
These are just a few examples of the way that Princess Diana was able to bring awareness to problems facing the world by her visits to various hospitals, hospices, orphanages, third-world countries and even her own backyard. Her impact can still be seen today, through the good works of her sons, Princes William and Harry.