Diana was known as the People’s Princess, due to her compassion, caring nature and humanitarian efforts. She was only 20 when she married Charles, who was 12 years her senior, in 1981. Although she had been born into an aristocratic family and had the official title of Lady Diana Spencer, she was thrust into the limelight when she wed the Prince of Wales, and soon became a global icon. However, she quickly learned how to navigate the extraordinary publicity she received to her benefit, even after she had a complicated and public divorce from Charles.
Yet, she was not always so media-savvy.
When it first became public knowledge that the shy teenager was dating the Queen’s eldest son and could therefore be a potential future Queen Consort herself, she was suddenly at the centre of the media’s gaze.
As recounted in BBC Radio 5 Live’s 2017 podcast series, ‘Images of Diana’, one of the most well-known photographs of the Princess of Wales at that time showed her holding the hands of two small children with the sun shining through her skirt.
As the show’s host Natasha Kaplinsky said: “The skirt was completely see-through.”
The photographer who took the image, Arthur Edwards, explained to Ms Kaplinsky how Diana and Charles reacted when the image made the front page in several national papers.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles (Image: GETTY)
Diana and Charles at their wedding (Image: GETTY)
Diana reportedly said: “I didn’t want to be known as the girlfriend who didn’t have a petticoat.”
Charles replied: “I didn’t know you had such lovely legs.”
Diana left school at the age of 16, after failing her O-levels twice.
When first becoming romantically involved with Charles, she was working as a nanny for an American family and as a nursery teacher’s assistant at the Young England School, Pimlico.
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Photos from the famous photoshoot featuring her 'see-through' skirt (Image: GETTY)