It’s been 25 years since Diana’s death. Her advocacy, generosity, and biking shorts carry on.
Diana died at 36 in a Paris vehicle crash on August 31, 1997, along with Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul. Ten years later, a jury said that her death was caused by both her driver and the paparazzi who were following them. Her sons also blame the BBC for their famous interview from 1995, which they say was faked and lied about.
“People’s princess” wasn’t just popular. Bidisha Mamata says she revolutionized how people view stardom.
“In the 21st century, we assume prominent people would be U.N. special envoys or utilize their status for good,” she says. Princess Diana was a trailblazer in developing the celebrity-doing-good concept.
Diana utilized her prominence to bring attention to humanitarian issues and charity projects.
He traversed minefields in Bosnia and Angola to advocate for landmine clearance; visited lepers in Nepal, India, and Zimbabwe; and opened Britain’s first AIDS ward in London, where she famously shook ungloved hands with a patient, challenging the false assumption that HIV/AIDS could be spread by casual touch.
Diana made the news for cuddling a young AIDS patient in Harlem.
Mamata: “She was an activist when AIDS and HIV were stigmatized.” “She went into AIDS wards and said, ‘No, I’ll talk to them normally.’ I’ll shake hands, talk, and raise awareness.”
In a Morning Edition interview after her death, Ben Pimlott said Diana would be remembered for her public work and for revitalizing the monarchy.
He called her “funny, clever, sharp, and compassionate.”
Diana’s troubled marriage to Prince Charles and how the royal family treated her are still interesting to people today.
Emma Corrin plays her in Netflix’s The Crown and Kristen Stewart in Spencer. On her 60th birthday, William and Harry unveiled a statue of her at Kensington Palace. Diana’s 1980 Ford Escort sold at auction for $850,000 over the weekend.
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On the anniversary, Parisians laid flowers and left messages on the bridge above the underpass where Diana was killed. Others made a memorial outside Kensington Palace. At Althorp House, Diana’s childhood home flew a half-staff flag.