Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in their spectacular royal wedding in 1981. However, the parents of Prince William and Prince Harry faced a notoriously rocky married life and separated in 1992. Diana faced carving out a new role for herself as the separated wife of a prince and by 1993 came to decision that aimed for more privacy in her life – but “horrified” the multitude of charities she worked with.
Penny Junor, in her 2005 book “The Firm” delves in to the episode.
Ms Junor writes: “Publicity is what charities feed on and the bigger the starchy can enlist to the cause the better public awareness and the greater, therefore, their generosity.
“Diana was so glamorous and photogenic that any picture was certain to be front-page news, and when she announced she was retiring from public life in December 1993 and giving up all but a handful of her charities, the remainder were horrified.”
Ms Junor writes that the “aghast” director of the Welsh National Opera wrote to the Princess: “your Royal Highness, it is just so helpful to be able to use your name.
The Princess of Wales (Image: Getty)
Diana made the announcement in 1993 (Image: Getty)
“What are we going to do now?”
Diana made the announcement at a charity gala dinner, and was visibly moved as she gave her speech.
The Princess’s 1993 announcement has also had an impact on the way her son Prince Harry’s decision to take a break