Princess Diana and Prince Charles married in their spectacular 1981 royal wedding. Unhappily, the parents of Prince William and Prince Harry faced a rocky relationship from the start, which would culminate in their 1992 separation and 1996 divorce. Although the Princess’ legacy is one of tireless charity work for misunderstood causes, she also faced difficulties within the Royal Family and in the public eye.
Royal biographer Penny Junor, in her 2005 book “The Firm”, compares Diana’s entry into royal life, and the Queen’s vastly different emergence into the spotlight.
Ms Junor writes: “The young Elizabeth’s personality was both her handicap and her saviour.
It may have prevented her from moving monarchy forward in the early years, but it also prevented her from believing her own publicity.
"It would have been very easy to let the adulation go to her head; to take it personally, as Diana 30 years later did.
The Princess of Wales and the Queen (Image: Getty)
The Queen with Diana and charles on their 1981 engagement (Image: Getty)
“The Queen never fell into that trap.
“She has always managed to differentiate between the public persona and the private one.
“In public she is Queen, Head of State, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, an office she has the privilege to hold by virtue of her birth.
"Privately she is a wife, mother and rather doting grandmother, with a passion for dogs, horses, the countryside and traditional country sports.
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The Queen and Diana in 1982 (Image: Getty)
“With Diana there was no such demarcation; there had been no long preparation for a public role in life. Since the age of ten the Queen had been aware of the